Dying for Science?

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Science  15 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5891, pp. 891
DOI: 10.1126/science.1164337

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Most scientists are devoted to their work and are passionate about the potential benefits their research brings to society. But are they and their families prepared to die for their work? Should this even be a consideration when these individuals are working under carefully legislated and legal research conditions? For 13 University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), researchers, some of whom work with mice and others with fruit flies, this became a sudden reality.