Algorithms for Constrained Minimization of Smooth Nonlinear by A.G. Buckley, J-.L. Goffin

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2 Conduct of Laboratory Studies Before there was formal regulatory control of the conduct of toxicology laboratory studies in the USA, some commercial and industrial in-house laboratories conducted studies without due regard to the development and adherence to specific protocols, kept poor records of findings and often only reported selected findings in a study. Although such badly conducted studies were rampant in only a few laboratories, instances of lesser unacceptable procedures and practices were not infrequent in many laboratories.

For example, the Institute of Biology advises employees that—‘In serving the interests of their employer in good faith and to the best of their ability, always keep in mind the obligation to serve the public interest and maintain and enhance the reputation of the profession’ (Institute of Biology, 2005, p. 5). Current society is experiencing an unfortunate, disturbing and widening gap between democratic societal moral and ethical values and what constitutes legal dictates. This is particularly noticeable in the adversarial society, notably in the USA; in dictatorial truth denials by commercial and political organizations; as a consequence of the decreasing separation of government and dictatorial religious dogma and in the distorted and smear tactics employed by corporations and government against those with ethical, reasoned arguments for causation.

Information necessary for the above purposes can be obtained only from carefully designed and conducted studies. In some cases, it may not be economically possible to undertake a complete range of toxicology studies, and in such circumstances it is necessary to carefully consider the most appropriate investigational approaches based on known physiochemical properties, existing and suspected toxicology, and anticipated conditions of use. The relevance and credibility of a toxicology study can be no better than its design and conduct permit.

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