Universities: Secret Research at Penn

Should a university, which by definition is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, engage in secret research for the U.S. Department of Defense? Faced with growing faculty restiveness over its studies in chemical and biological warfare, the University of Pennsylvania last week answered no—but added some important qualifications.

The fact that Penn's Institute for Cooperative Research was engaged in studying the potential effectiveness of crop-killing agents and man-disabling chemicals was not much of a secret on the Philadelphia campus. File cabinets in the institute's offices have impressive combination...

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