Harold Varmus was on NPR's Science Friday, talking about open access. Varmus, who co-founded the PLoS journals, talks about the NIH's new mandate. At Science Commons, Donna Wentworth says that Varmus makes a lot of great points, including advocating that more funding sources should have open access policies.

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