The Tobacco Industry and Research
Research data can be skewed and distorted in so many ways that I just can't emphasize the importance of unbiased, unsullied research and researchers. As low a regard as I have for the legal profession, I hold those who would obstruct the acquisition of high quality, useful data in even less.
The impact of second-hand smoke on the health of those exposed could well be the next big explosion in product liability litigation.
I now offer the following (semi-) rhetorical question: how many people believe that merely disclosing funding sources insures that research results won't be biased?