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  •  Jargon? = "pure discovery platform" (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, Andrew F Cockburn

    Without trying to steal Nathan Jaco's thunder here let me try to state my understanding of the issues contained in Bob Love's question above.

    "Varmus thinks broadly about basic and applied scientific research as an enterprise."
    That quote from the diary gives clues, I think, that what Varmus is talking about here is the "spectrum of research" (let's call it that) that has "pure" research on one extreme and "applied" research on the other.  

    Pure research refers to studies done for the sake of gaining knowledge about something, may not have immediate application and are not done with applicability in mind.  Applied research, instead, has as its purpose the solution of a practical problem and thus has applicability in mind and purpose.

    I would say that the words "pure discovery platform" that baffle Bob Love and myself is just jargon for the ideas above: Varmus (my interpretation) believes that too much "instrumental" research is done with -perhaps- the profit motive and goal in mind, while the joys of finding knowledge for knowledge's sake have been de-emphasized.

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