The Funds It Needs

Smaller scientific research budgets lead to less data being generated by scientists, not the "romantic ideas of a creative genius alone in a lab, struggling against the odds," writes Oxford University's Mark Stokes in the Guardian. Stokes, a neuroscientist, notes that a number of experiments in his field have been underpowered.

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