Taking Advantage of the Talent Pool

Several recent news articles have discussed the supersaturated status of the life sciences' postdoctoral trainee pool in the United States, but very few solutions to this inconceivable "problem" of too much talent have been proposed. Current postdoctoral scientists are often encouraged to abandon their professional desires to pursue "alternative careers" while undergraduate students are discouraged from pursuing research careers that require postgraduate training. These propositions not

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Several recent news articles have discussed the supersaturated status of the life sciences' postdoctoral trainee pool in the United States, but very few solutions to this inconceivable "problem" of too much talent have been proposed. Current postdoctoral scientists are often encouraged to abandon their professional desires to pursue "alternative careers" while undergraduate students are discouraged from pursuing research careers that require postgraduate training.

These propositions not only ignore the needs and desires of thousands of young scientists, but they also risk devaluing the greater perception of science and may create future disinterest. Conversely, taking advantage of this extraordinary human resource would promote immediate growth in all aspects of the scientific arena and could accelerate scientific and economic development equally.

Faced with a similar cache of talent, Japanese agencies have united in a massive effort to help faculty hopefuls and to bolster their country's biotechnology industry through the creation of...

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