Should a public university, which derives much of its funding from state and federal government, be in the business of using that taxpayer money to fund a project whose sole purpose is to besmirch the reputation of scientists, including those of other public universities?
That's the dubious position in which the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) finds itself. And those in charge of the project won't answer any questions about it.
UCSF operates an online archive called the Industry Documents Library. Its "About" page begins with this ominous warning:
Increasingly, connections are being made between tactics taken by the tobacco industry and other...