Imagine being a professor at a public university. You write a paper and want to publish it. Only you can't because your school has signed a deal with Philip Morris giving them final review of all your work. That's what's happening at Virginia Commonwealth University, per this expose in today's New York Times. This is a public, not private, university here ladies and gentlemen. Even more remarkable is that the agreement with Philip Morris violates many of the university's guidelines on ethical research. How does the university explain it? "Agree," as in, they're paying us enough money to throw our ethics out the window. Read the article. It's astonishing and frightening.