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March 27, 2013

Funding for Biomedical Research—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Alerion Institute, North Garden, Virginia (Dr Moses; hm@alerion.us); and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Dorsey).

JAMA. 2013;309(12):1228-1229. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1346

In Reply: Dr Sun and colleagues link the decline in the rate of growth of US federal research spending to a loss of national competitiveness, which will be accelerated by competition from developing countries, where government commitment to science is strong, regulations are fewer, interactions between industry and academia are the norm, and young talent expects to be mobile. Implicitly, they suggest an understanding in other countries that science is a long-term undertaking, one that governments are best equipped to finance.1