For the uninitiated, HHMI for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers private grants to researchers engaged in basic science – discovery for the sake of knowledge. In the struggle for funding, basic science often loses out to applied science – research aimed at finding a new drug, device or diagnostic tool.
But, as the latest edition of the HHMI Bulletin suggests, the old cliché has some truth in it – basic research produces the building blocks of applied science. Thank the Aviator.
Note that Susan L. Lindquist, a scientist from Whitehead Institute in Cambridge who got the National Medal of Science yesterday, is a HHMI researcher.
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