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What Ails French Biomedicine?

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1442-1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1442

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PARIS-- France's research minister, geochemist Claude Allègre, has announced a five-point plan for reforming French science, which sends a clear signal to scientists that he expects research to serve France's national interests. But there is still considerable debate over how best to balance applied and basic research: Top biomedical researchers, meeting in Paris last week, bemoaned the fact that French biomedical science has fallen considerably behind many other countries in terms of economic payoffs to the nation, and offered a variety of views on how to remedy the situation.