A supplement maker tried to silence this Harvard doctor - and put academic freedom on trial
12/13/16 -- Brookline, MA -- Dr. Pieter Cohen poses for a portrait at his home on December 13, 2016, in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for STAT)

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…