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'Professors eat their own young': how competition can stifle good science

This article was originally published in The Guardian on 30th January 2017.


There is often more pressure for scientists to work against each other than together – but why?

In an ideal world, academic scientists would work together towards a common goal: discovery. Researchers would unite for a common cause, motivated by boundless curiosity, working selflessly towards the Greater Good.

While the pursuit of knowledge may be a noble thing, it’s not actually that different from any other occupation, in that it requires a salary. Many scientists must apply for government grants to secure the funding that pays them, as well as to cover the costs of research projects.

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