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Research infrastructure

US shutdown should spur other nations

What the recent US government shutdown has highlighted is just how much it contributes to the world's research infrastructure — with PubMed a striking example. By comparison, governments of other high-GDP countries contribute shamefully little.

The world urgently needs freely accessible, searchable, comprehensively referenced and cross-linked international repositories for the burgeoning amounts of untapped 'omics' data (lipidomics being one example). It is time for other wealthy countries to create and fund more such platforms.

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Correspondence to Julio Licinio.

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Licinio, J., Wong, ML. US shutdown should spur other nations. Nature 503, 198 (2013).

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