Core Concept

Core lab scientists allow for efficient and cost-effective research, but their efforts can go unacknowledged by the public, writes Richard Wintle from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at Occam's Corner in The Guardian. "When [core lab research is] done right, it may also be completely invisible to the public, who may never know that money from their taxes is buying much more efficient research than would otherwise be possible," he says.

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