Why Is Biomedical Research So Conservative?

Funding, incentives, and skepticism of theory make some scientists play it safe

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Nautilus
Apr 10, 2019 · 9 min read
Illustration: Lisk Feng

By Peter Rodgers

How do scientists decide what research to do? One would like to think that they take a suitably scientific approach to this question by thinking about important problems that need to be solved, and asking which of…

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