Universities and the money fix

Funding woes plague US biomedical researchers. But calls for more funding ignore the structural problems that push universities to produce too many scientists, argues Brian C. Martinson.

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Martinson, B. Universities and the money fix. Nature 449, 141–142 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/449141a

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