Below the Line

The US government is letting the country's biomedical infrastructure crumble, writes Michael White at Pacific Standard.

From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, the budget for the US National Institutes of Health about doubled. But since then, White notes that success rates for NIH grants have dropped, as has the number of young investigators heading up labs.

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