A Separate Pot

Over at Future Pundit, Randall Parker says the scientific community "should be concerned that biomedical research funding is under [the] control of older scientists that younger scientists spend much of their career working for." Because investigators now receive their first independent funding at a later age on average than they did even a decade ago, "they spend their younger years as grad students and (poorly paid) postdocs. This puts their research directions much more under the control of (older) professors who run labs and have grants flowing to them," Parker says.

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