What's Behind This Ambitious Push to Boost Biomedical Research Worldwide?

While medical researchers can find support in places like the U.S., it's a much tougher road outside of wealthy countries. The world's two biggest foundations are backing a plan by HHMI to change that.
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Familiar Lesson of Science Give: Government Looks to Philanthropy to Get Stuff Done

Not along ago, if a president wanted to solve a problem, he invited congressional leaders to the White House. Now he's just as likely to call in top private funders. Boosting science research is the latest example.
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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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