lit-cigarette.jpgA few weeks from now, the University of California and Stanford University may both institute across-the-board bans on tobacco-industry research funding, a sign of the latest struggle between academic integrity and university buckraking to play out across higher education.

See David Hamilton’s story at VentureBeat Life Sciences, and how Stanford President John Hennessy is, in my view at least, avoiding a knee-jerk decision and thinking sensibly through the issue. If you read the Mercury News story David links to, you’ll see that the tobacco funding may actually be doing some good in some cases.

Also, see David’s continued coverage of daily venture capital investments into healthcare.