Politicians and business leaders debate whether government should invest in advanced scientific research, or leave this investment to the private sector. Opponents of government support cite Solyndra’s collapse a year ago last week. Proponents cite successful government investment for the Internet and other important technologies.
Last week, proponents of government-sponsored research chalked up a major new win: the ENCODE Project, a major decade-long investigation into human genetics. The success of ENCODE underscores two important points: why we need government investment to complete certain kinds of large scale research, and how such research should be structured so it works. New Genomics Breakthrough Shows Need for Government-Funded Research
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