Big Science may be making headway according to scientists, but an article in US News and World Report disparages the whoppingly expensive Cancer Genome Project as only being a pilot that hasn't quite gotten off the ground due to flat funding and "cultural resistance to strategically directed big science." With a budget of $100 million, TCGA is "a costly effort even by genomics standards," writes Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future.

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