Reduce Administrative Burden

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Science  12 Dec 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5908, pp. 1609
DOI: 10.1126/science.1168345

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The administrative burden on practicing scientists has grown tremendously over the past decades and is limiting their ability to get important scientific work done. As the United States prepares for a new president to take office, there is an opportunity to take a fresh look at many of the government policies and regulations that concern the conduct of science. How might we find ways to reduce the administrative burden while still ensuring accountability to science funders, appropriate safeguards for human subjects, and broader societal protection from real dangers that can accompany some scientific research?