The story of "K" in a PLoS Biology Perspective article this week illustrates how difficult the current funding system makes life for new PIs. "To expect a young scientist to recruit and train students and postdocs as well as producing and publishing new and original work within two years (in order to fuel the next grant application) is preposterous," writes Peter Lawrence.

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