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Health Research, Financial Conflicts of Interest, Bioethics Research


In this paper I explore the power of money in bioethics research and ask whether, while casting stones regarding financial conflicts of interest in health research, bioethics researchers are in fact living in glass houses. I first review the need for money in bioethics research, the sources of money, and key features of the money (specifically, the amount of money involved and the fact that the money often is embedded, encumbered, and required to be matched). Next, I explore a range of possible objectives for the money transfer. I then examine the effects of this transfer and raise some questions and concerns about the role of money in bioethics research. I close with some suggestions for possible responses to these questions and concerns—suggestions concerning what bioethics researchers as individuals and as a community could do to more positively and progressively harness the power of money in bioethics research.


This is a pre-print version of an article published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. The final peer-reviewed version is available online at: .

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