According to Odyssey at Pondering Blather, Darwin's theory of evolution applies to research labs. "Labs are, and always have been, under selective pressure. They evolve. Or go extinct," he says. But to overcome the pressures that threaten research labs — a lack of tenure-track positions and low funding levels — Odyssey says that investigators ought to focus on the traits that'll increase their fitness "in this rapidly changing landscape ...

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