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Should Governments Support Science?

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Science  07 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5301, pp. 750
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5301.750a

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The case for increased federal spending on research is making headway in Congress and was the focus of a new package of reports issued last week by the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.* But it's hogwash to British biochemist Terence Kealey, whose new book argues that “governments should not fund science.”

* For more information, see the academy's Web site.