While some politicians say too much money is being spent on scientific research, others say scientific innovation will be what brings the world out of the deep recession it's currently wallowing in. However, says University of Alberta professor Timothy Caulfield in an opinion column for The Scientist, the push to commercialize may be damaging to the scientific process.

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