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The NFL, The NIH, And The Complications of Public-Private Scientific Research

A behind-the-scenes look at the NFL's controversial attempt to fund NIH brain science shows the tension between the league's bottom line and research into football's dangers.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This is a sad tale of two giants. One (the NIH) can’t fund research so it begins to beg for outside funds not thinking there will be any strings attached. The other (the NFL) is playing a delaying action so that they can continue to make as much money as possible by saying we need more research (sounds a lot like the tobacco industry).  When these two get together, it is like adding a lighted match to a vat of gasoline ending in a variety of lawsuits.

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