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Varmus Defends E-biomed Proposal, Prepares to Push Ahead

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Science  25 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5423, pp. 2062-2063
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2062

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This summer, many biomedical editors and publishers are wondering how their journals will survive if the government goes ahead with a plan to distribute biomedical papers for free on the Internet. But the plan's author, National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Harold Varmus, is charging forward with "E-biomed," as he calls it, anyway. In a six-page memo posted on NIH's Web site on 21 June, he suggests that the planning is moving toward a dramatic climax.