Spotlight on Germany

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Germany has long been one of the world’s leading exporters of discovery in the life sciences. Vaunted history aside, its research system has experienced its share of growing pains. In the 1990s, the federal expenditure on research and development dipped, and German scientists emigrated elsewhere in search of more prestigious pastures. Their move wasn’t entirely unjustified, as research spending at that time was at $500 per capita in Germany (compared with $800 in the US).

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