TRENDSPOTTER: Research, Reward, and the Myth of Selling Out | GenomeWeb

Don’t look now, but there is a campaign of persecution against academic scientists who—horror of horrors—either receive government support or work as consultants for private companies that reward them with direct remuneration, patents, employment, or other financial interests.  

This campaign emanates from those who believe that financial incentives generally corrupt scientific research rather than sustain and encourage it. The viewpoint stems from the romantic conception that those involved in research should be doing it for the sake of knowledge, not monetary gain.

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