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Academy Plucks Best Biophysicists From a Sea of Mediocrity

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Science  14 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5609, pp. 994
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5609.994

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MOSCOW-- Last month, the Russian Academy of Sciences announced the winners of its first-ever competition for funds: 49 major grants to what it deemed to be the cream of Russia's biophysics labs. But the awards--each totaling $625,000 over 5 years--have drawn allegations of conflicts of interest, as more than half the grants went to labs in institutes whose chiefs ran the competition.