Here's a story from the Columbia Spectator on a panel discussion of how intellectual property should be regulated. According to the article, John Sulston "[complained] that too much private funding tends to 'short circuit' research by subjugating scientific discovery to the short-term profit motive." Fellow panelist Harold Varmus got to stump for open access, "explaining that scientists’ collective obsession with publishing their work in prestigious journals has led to a biased system that only publicizes a small subset of useful scientific results," the article says. Varmus also noted that PLoS, which he cofounded, would be "fiscally self-sustaining" by 2010.
Want more? Over at his blog, Jonathan Eisen alerts readers that Varmus will be a guest on the Daily Show tonight.