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Friday, April 21, 2006

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"Today's academic and industrial research models have become far too conservative, according to Gerald M. Rubin, director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus."

"Traditional academic environments are suitable for a large proportion of research projects, but Rubin believes they can be too restrictive, stifling the kinds of creative, long-term projects that can lead to true breakthroughs. This is true, in part, he said, because the reliance on external funding sources forces scientists to define their research programs in advance when they apply for grants. By setting the course of the research plan up front, scientists are restricted in their ability to pursue questions and opportunities that arise during their studies. “The bulk of the scientific community is limited to projects that can be funded by peer-review committees, which tend to be very conservative,” Rubin said. “These grants have to be reviewed every three to five years. It makes it very difficult for people to take on high-risk, high-reward projects.”"

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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