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    IN an important passage in its statement on "Scientific Industrial Research", Nuffield College directs attention to a problem arising out of the use of university laboratories or research workers for applied research. The suggestion is made that if there wore a code of conduct recognized as generally applicable to university scientific workers undertaking outside industrial work for private firms, it would be a comparatively easy matter to work out a special code to cover these problems so as to avoid alike restrictive conditions, on either side, slackening in the pursuit of science, or undue influence over university departments by particular firms or industries. Obviously, as the memorandum indicates, the entire problem is one to be tackled jointly by the universities, professional associations and industrialists, and it is one in which the initiative might be expected to come from the professional associations of scientific workers themselves.

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