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Winds of Change Leave Bioscientists Scrambling

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Science  08 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6026, pp. 165
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6026.165

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Over the past decade, Singapore has generated a lot of buzz by attracting international A-list scientists to its bioscience institutes. Much more quietly, Singapore's universities have been landing top researchers and rising in international rankings. Now, however, the fortunes of these two sets of institutions may be diverging. In a 5-year plan launched this month, Singapore will boost public spending on research by 20% compared with spending during the previous 5 years. This largesse comes with a price: The government is demanding more economic bang from its research bucks.