The writing on the wall

Elife. 2013 Mar 26;2:e00642. doi: 10.7554/eLife.00642.


The biomedical research enterprise in the US has become unsustainable and urgent action is needed to address a variety of problems, including a lack of innovation, an over-reliance on soft money for faculty salaries, the use of graduate students as a source of cheap labour, and a 'holding tank' full of talented postdocs with limited career opportunities.

Keywords: NIH; careers in science; grad school; point of view; postdocs; science policy and funding.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Faculty
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • United States