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Public sponsors must follow ethical rules too

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1430
  1. Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen, associate professor, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense (
  1. N-0853 Oslo, Norway

    EDITOR—Bero's editorial on commercial sponsorship for research is important1 because commercial interests can bias the conduct and reporting of research.2 It may, however, leave the impression that pressure on research is an issue only in relation to commercial sponsorship.

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