Six Topics in Science that Scored Big in 2014

Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.

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These Two Funders Want to See Your Genome in the Spotlight

An unlikely pair of large foundations—one in media innovation, another in health care—threw some serious weight behind a project to advance health care and biology research with a public storage bank of individuals’ genomic, health and personal data. 

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The Ambitious Plan to Save the Patent System That’s Drawing Millions from Top Funders

By most accounts, the patent system is a disaster. A murky and litigious chess game of corporations secretly jockeying and hoarding to control intellectual property from science and tech research. A mostly unknown Australian project seeks to change that game, and big funders like Gates and Moore are on board.

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