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A guest post at Olivia Judson's On the Wild Side column from Stanford's Steven Quake discusses how science is funded in the US. After start-up packages run dry, professors must earn their own as well as their students' keep through grants. Quake says running a lab is very much like running a small business, but at the cost of riskier, creative ideas being denied funding and lost.

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