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Beating Scientists into Plowshares

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Science  02 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5313, pp. 761-762
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5313.761

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Industry is successfully eroding political confidence in a well-proven division of labor in science. Formerly, most long-term basic research was carried out at universities, and most short-term product development was done at commercial sites. Now, Industry is trying to take command of certain areas of basic research at universities in order to redirect their efforts toward Industry’s short-term agenda. Here, Charles Kurland discusses aspects of this policy shift.

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