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Too many in the scientific community, particularly those who control the funding, regard the commercialization of science as something "dirty," says the University of Leeds' Deputy Vice-Chancellor John Fisher in New Scientist. They say "that inspiration alone should be the driving force behind scientific labor," but this is just a "myth," Fisher says.

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