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Bleak science

April 5, 2017

In the science pipeline, public funding is more important for basic research than for applied research. As technology and medicine nears practical commercialization, commercial interests pick it up. But that basic research is harder to explain politically.

Health research is easier to explain. And we are at the start of an era of rapid progress there. Smart nations will plow that field. None of which will save it from current politics.

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