A sceptical society
Beyond this, the ambiguity of any scientific expertise is rooted in a bipolarisation between experts and policymakers. This intimate relationship has long ignored a third party: society as a whole. The traditional and comfortable assumption of the inherently beneficial nature of science is no longer accepted as true. ‘There is concern in society that scientific advances have become double-edged; and there is also a fear that science-based technology is running out of control,’ says Oxford (UK) University’s Jerry Ravetz (1).
‘Instead of the pure curiosity of the discoverer, the direction of this sort of science is to a great extent motivated by power and profit, with eventual societal benefit mediated through those primary goals. Also, this new sort of science is not immune to manipulation and abuse, be it the neglect of unpopular lines of research, the suppression of unwelcome results, the pressuring of regulatory authorities, or the victimisation of critics’.
What do they mean? by the highlighted phrase. In particular what is the grammatical structure "be it". I understand all the words, but I don't understand how "be it" links "the neglect of unpopular lines of research" to "this new sort of science".
Source: research*eu No.62-February 2010 (The magazine of the European Research Area)