EDITORIAL

Science Adapters Wanted

Science  25 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6059, pp. 1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.1216650

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Summary

The Biological Sciences are flourishing, with an abundance of fresh, exciting discoveries that continue to spur the development of powerful new techniques and expand creative scientific investigation. And the core challenge of deeply understanding cells, tissues, and whole organisms promises endless possibilities for controlling human disease and rescuing the environment. But in this very exciting time to be a biological scientist, there is an ominous sense of a major crisis brewing. Budget realities have begun to constrain scientific progress across the board, with an especially heavy impact on the careers of young scientists. Beyond advocating for larger budgets for scientific research as a critical investment in each nation's future, how should the scientific community respond?