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The power and pitfalls of outsourcing

Outsourcing has been relatively rare in academia until now, but is that beginning to change?

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This manuscript benefited from the comments of A. Pichler and L. Williams.

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Pichler, F., Turner, S. The power and pitfalls of outsourcing. Nat Biotechnol 25, 1093–1096 (2007).

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