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Oct 1, 2011

A Quarter Century of Fueling Science

History repeats itself, and so do trends in research funding.Twenty-five years ago, life science research was a different ball game. But in 1986, the state of the economic engine that drives scientific research in the United States bore an eerie resemblance to the situation that exists today. . . .By Bob Grant
 

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Opinion: Research and Debt Reduction

Investing more federal dollars in life science research may save the US economy.I predict that the future of science funding is rosy—except in the United States. If there were agencies akin to Standard & Poor’s charged with rating life-sciences futures in the US, we would be looking at a downgrade. We would owe such a downgrade largely to the complacency of federal policymakers, too many of whom appear willing to watch the US research enterprise...
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