The Undergraduate Research Journal


Science has touched every aspect of our lives, adding value and comfort to our long hours of hard work - including small digital pens, computers, and even smart houses. The truth is, however, that not many of us are scientists, and the lack of knowledge as to specificities of the field often leaves us suspicious when examining political support a supposedly scientific endeavor might receive. Indeed, the often lucrative nature of science has helped promote the interaction between the scientific community and external institutions like corporations and political offices, a partnership that raises the question of whether this cooperation jeopardizes the integrity of the scientific method, culture, or identity. In a number of cases, external organizations - including governments - have had a constructive drive on science, but in many other cases, it has been restrictive. Commodification of the scientific research culture remained a rather low profile topic until turn of the century concerns on the issue of global warming brought scientific research to the forefront of public interest.

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Research Article


Public Policy & Administration Department

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