Saturday, May 14, 2022

“[Jim Wilson] is the most powerful person on campus. He is untouchable. That’s the way to think about it. They are untouchable."

 You remember James Wilson. He was the man behind one of the most notorious research scandals of the modern era: the gene therapy trial that killed Jesse Gelsinger at the University of Pennsylvania. Over twenty years later, Penn's student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, is alleging that Wilson's Gene Therapy Program is a toxic, dysfunctional workplace and that the administration is covering up the problems in order to keep the external research dollars flowing in. 

The stories are complicated, but you can find a good summary with links at the  the Center for Genetics and Society.

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