15 Aug '11, 10pm

Science must be free from political interference

Science must be free from political interference August 15, 2011 | Leave a comment Recently, we've seen more "muzzling" of scientists, funding cuts, and an increasing disregard for science in policy-making and public conversation. (Credit: Chris Willey via Flickr). By David Suzuki with contributions from Kealy Doyle, communications coordinator While doing salmon-genetics research at the Pacific Biological Station on Vancouver Island, federal fisheries scientist Kristi Miller discovered that a virus may be killing large numbers of Fraser River sockeye before they reach their spawning grounds. The research was published in the prestigious journal Science , but Miller wasn't allowed to speak to the media about it . The government's Privy Council Office said this was to avoid "influencing" the ongoing federal inquiry into the Fraser sockeye decline. But it's hard to believe th...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/08/...

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