Launching an independent research career can be tough, especially during challenging budget times. At the Rock Talk Blog, Sally Rockey, the deputy director for extramural research at the US National Institutes of Health, notes that the average age for new investigators — researchers who haven't received a major independent research award — is 42 for PhDs and 44 for MDs or MD/PhDs.

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