State Key Labs: Government Focuses Funds, and Hopes, on Elite Teams

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Science  17 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5239, pp. 1137-1139
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5239.1137


Nanjing—China is pouring money into national “key“ labs in an attempt to focus limited resources on the best scientists. Several of these labs have achieved world-class status. But some scientists are worried that the large number of labs—155 and growing—and reluctance to enforce high standards could spread resources too thinly