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At his blog, PhysioProf discusses the difference between basic and applied research, adding that "even if you think that the only reason for doing science is to treat people, you should still be in favor of basic research." After all, discoveries made in the basic arena -- he points to small noncoding RNAs as an example -- wind up being used to try to treat people.

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