Something rather extraordinary occurred in Aberdeen, in Scotland, in 1998. In a research laboratory a test was being carried out on the use of genetically modified potatoes. The initial ideas thought that the test would be innocuous, but actually led to the sudden destruction of the long research careers of the scientists involved. The results were not really in line with the expected data and these scientists became "guilty" as they refused to keep their shocking data from the public. What they did, instead, was to open the doors of their laboratory to the world.
The internal structure of science and the branches of the biotechnology industry pilloried them. The accusation was very clear: they orchestrated a deception to demolish the consensus of opinion towards that kind of research and requested greater controls from the general public.
A case that provoked many wide-reaching questions and interrogatives. We might ask ourselves if the freedom of science is actually a myth? Are there any neutral experts? Who decides the direction that research should take?
If this is how things are, if science is locked in someone’s desk drawer and we do not know the truth, then roll on the fear, the malcontent, the opposition that the scientists complain of.