The integrity of the Nobel prize was called into question last night after it emerged that a member of the jury also sat on the board of a pharmaceuticals giant that benefited from the award of this year’s prize for medicine.
Prosecutors were studying whether AstraZeneca, the London-based multi-national pharmaceutical company, could have exerted undue influence on the award.
Two senior figures in the process that chose Mr zur Hausen have strong links with the pharmaceutical company, which has also recently begun sponsoring the Nobel website and pro-motional subsidiary.
You mean rich and powerful multinational corporations use their situations to influence awards and such?
Family names used to acquire political power?
Politicians casting lots on Senate seats?
The day any of those things could happen is the day we'll see the middle-class replaced with cheap foreign labor, the free market system junked and tax payer money used to profit crooked banksters and auto dealers.
That'll be the day....