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Scientists urged to save science from politics

December 15 2006

About 10,000 American scientists - including 52 Nobel laureates - signed a statement of protest against political interference in science. As stated in a letter to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, scientific evidence was often manipulated for political purposes.

According to the authors, scientists working at government agencies, have repeatedly asked to change data in accordance with one or other political initiatives. Union of Concerned Scientists published a "guide", which contains dozens of examples of how to change the scientific facts on such issues as climate change and sex education.

The authors of the letter that the intervention had increased under the Bush administration and the White House could intervene in the activities of such bodies as the Agency for Environmental Protection and the Office of the Food and Drug Administration, because the Republican Congress did not want to defend the integrity of science.

According to the representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Halpern, a protest against political interference supported by scholars with different political views. He said the appeal was signed by scientific advisers as the Republican and Democratic Party, worked with politicians ranging from the time of President Eisenhower.

Union of Concerned Scientists hoped that the new composition of Congress, shall take office in January, would show greater commitment to protecting the openness of scientific research, the AP.

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