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Discovering New Darwins

Charles Darwin was lucky. Without the financial support of his family, all of his powers of observation and analysis might have gone for naught. Today, of course, most scientists do not depend on their families to fund their research. Instead, the U.S. federal government began investing heavily in science in the mid-20th century. As a result, says Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, the United States has been a leader in the biomedical revolution. Dmitrovsky, a DMS professor of pharmacology and toxicology, argues in this audio essay that lagging support for research in recent years risks ending the nation's tradition of scientific success. The podcast was originally printed as an essay in the Winter 2008 issue of Dartmouth Medicine magazine, and can be read here.


Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky
Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky

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