Science in Brazil: not just a matter of economy and natural resources

S.U. Dani
Published: December 15, 2009
Genet. Mol. Res. 8 (4) : 1496-1497

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S.U. Dani (2009). Science in Brazil: not just a matter of economy and natural resources. Genet. Mol. Res. 8(4): 1496-1497.

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Gene Russo’s account on the prospects of life sciences in Brazil (Russo, 2009) raises the important question as to whether a booming economy and abundant natural resources could help this country become ‘a life-science juggernaut’. The interviews he carried out in Brazil make it clear that unless critical steps are taken to correct priorities, the answer to his question is clearly ‘no’ (Dani, 2009). Russo indicates that Brazilian science has promise, but he makes it clear that institutional obstacles need to be overcome. Some of the reasons pointed out by the Brazilian scientists, entrepreneurs and a policy-maker that he interviewed are insufficient private and public investments allocated to science, low salaries, brain drain, excessive bureaucracy, and an academic culture that does not support entrepreneurship. Read more. . .

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