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Science on the Wane in Britain?

It's a British-themed day here at GTO. As if the Wellcome Trust's protein decorations weren't enough, here's an article from today's Guardian reporting that business leaders are warning that British investment in science has been too low to keep it at the forefront. According to the article:

In a speech to business leaders, academics and the science minister Malcolm Wicks tonight, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry, Richard Lambert, will cite "a moral responsibility" to recognise that in the modern world the future of Britain is bleak without competitive skills.

Check out the full story here.

 

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