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Science  30 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5415, pp. 726
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5415.726a

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OTTAWA-- Canada is losing valuable technology to other countries because of its policies on exploiting the fruits of university research, according to a new report by a high-level government panel. The answer, says the panel, is to give universities rather than individuals the right to commercialize publicly funded discoveries, as well as the money to do the job right. But some academics fear that such a policy, described in a draft report obtained by Science, would turn universities into toolboxes for industry and undermine basic science.