"Double-blinds, triple-blinds, codes instead of names, codes instead of the details of procedures or drugs. Dr. Carne-Sayres has assured her bosses that the lab assistants will have no idea what projects and experiments produced the blood tests and organic compounds they're analyzing, and that this will not, in fact, even seem strange to them. The old men ask if it can't all be done by computer instead; they have what Bonita Carne-Sayres privately considers a charmingly naive faith in computer security, possibly because they think of it as half magic, half obfuscation. No, she says, and again no, and finally they give in. Medical research, it seems, requires a larger budget and a more select staff than mere conspiracy. "



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