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Gail Cardew is vice-president of EuroScience, a non-profit association of researchers, and honorary doctor of science at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. She is a professor of science, culture and society, formerly at Britain’s Royal Institution. Twitter: @gailsci
Earlier this month, a survey from Wellcome in London confirmed that unkindness, and worse, is pervasive in science (see go.nature.com/2sanh3i). Academic leaders expressed alarm — both for the health of young researchers and for how such pressure could erode the quality of science. I think there is more to worry about.