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  •  Science is now a business (0+ / 0-)

    And to get the dollars to fund the research, a bit of smoke and mirrors may be necessary.  Venter is a great example of a publicity savvy scientist getting ample capital to do his research.
    When the smoke and mirrors become the product, well that is a different story.

    •  And for lots of research (1+ / 0-)
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      it requires a statement for therapeutic benefit.  Basically, how will this research help at treating disease.  It has to be in every grant proposal or you aren't getting funded.

      I understand this requirement as we must remember that it is our tax dollars funding the overwhelming percentage of research, at least in academia.

      However, there are tangible benefits to conducting research without an obvious therapeutic benefit.  I call upon developmental biology examples once again, because I am in the Dev. Bio subgroup of CAMB at UPenn, and because its examples are most relevant.

      Researching very early development (at the 4, 8, 16, 32 cell stage) likely isn't leading to any disease treatment or cure.  If you're messed up this early in development, you likely aren't making it to birth.  But by researching when tissues first form and where spatially the cells are located in the embryo, we are able to analyze those specific cell types at specific times and compared them to modern day stem cell techniques, like induced pluripotent stem cells.

      "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

      by mconvente on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 01:29:44 PM PST

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