Science policy news: weekly roundup: August 21, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: August 21, 2015

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Drawing much scrutiny this week, a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that increased investments in biomedical research overtime has not kept pace in delivering health outcomes for the public.

Increasing disparities between resource inputs and outcomes, as measured by certain health deliverables, in biomedical research (PNAS)


The paper was broadly discussed by the media and by scientists to mixed reviews.

Scientists are trying to figure out the best way to spend money on science (The Washington Post)

Biomedical productivity falling, study finds (San Diego Union Tribune)

A for effort, C for impact from U.S. biomedical research, study concludes (Science Insider)

Report: Impact of Biomedical Research Slipping (The Scientist)

Return on investment slipping in biomedical research (EurekAlert)


Google Won the Internet. Now It Wants to Cure Diseases (WIRED) Google’s interests in life sciences spun off from the search engine powerhouse to become a separate entity known as Alphabet.


NIH funds new tools to crack genomic big data (GCN) National Institutes of Health awarded 15 programs a total of $6.5 million dollars to develop software tools designed to handle biomedical based large data sets.

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