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Int J Occup Environ Health. 2006 Jul-Sep;12(3):268-72.

The past suppression of industry knowledge of the toxicity of benzene to humans and potential bias in future benzene research.

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School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.


Petrochemical industry representatives often withhold information and misinterpret positive evidence of toxicity of benzene, even from their own research, also discouraging or delaying disclosure of findings of adverse effects to the public. They now appear to be attempting to influence study results in industry's favor by offering predetermined conclusions about study results as part of an effort to draw financial support for the studies. The American Petroleum Institute is currently raising funds for benzene research being conducted in China for which it has already announced the intended conclusions.

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