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A Supplement Maker Tried to Silence This Harvard Doctor—and Put Academic Freedom on Trial

This corrupt peddler of weight loss drugs is counting on Donald Trump's promise to "open up" libel laws.

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The dietary supplements had ominous names, like Black Widow and Yellow Scorpion. They contained an illegal and potentially dangerous molecule, similar in structure to amphetamines. But when a Harvard researcher dared to point that out, in a scientific, peer-reviewed study and in media interviews, the supplement maker sued him for libel and slander. STAT has conducted…

 

Rebecca Robbins writes for STAT.

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