$100M wasted on booze

The Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial (MACH15) was designed to observe the effects of moderate drinking versus being a nerd responsibly abstaining. But the National Institutes of Health has shut down the study after compromising contacts between scientists and alcohol industry executives were exposed by The New York Times. The NIH conducted its own internal investigation of the claims that scientists had courted these executives to fund the study through a nonprofit—which itself is a violation of government policy. The investigation found staffers “hid facts” from team members, apparently to frame the study in a pro-alcohol light. Talk about beer goggles. Score one for ethics in research at least.