In a recent PLoS One paper, researchers at Rice University show that of the 96 scientists who won a Nobel Prize in medicine or chemistry for work related to biomedicine between 1980 and 2010, 78 percent conducted their winning research before the age of 51 — the average age of an NIH principal investigator in 2008. Because of this, the team suggests that "limited access to NIH [funding] might inhibit ...

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