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comment by Cumol
Cumol  ·  3759 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We're Running Out of Antibiotics - Nicole Allan - The Atlantic

This is a serious problem. There is no research interest in antibiotics right now, and it is due to the way the official money givers distribute money.

Antibiotics research is not considered "hip" right now, and this is bad. Money givers want people to work on cutting edge research so they can get credit for financing something "cool.

On the other hand, take a look at young scientists like me. A dream of a good career. This is often connected to "big" publications. Sadly, antibiotics is not a subject that would give you one of those big publications...

Ending up with a lack if money and fresh scientists. It is a bad situation we are in.

Sorry for my mistakes. On my phone

thenewgreen  ·  3759 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No need to apologize, I have a hard time with the phone too. Did you know we have a mobile version (still in beta) http://hubski.com/m/pub?id=138039

It's nice to have another scientist in our midst that I can bug with my questions beyond mk, b_b and theadvancedapes. The entire model of how funding works and how much power the publishers have is something I didn't realize until my time on Hubski. -needs to change.

Cumol  ·  3759 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the link to the mobile version, MUCH better!

I am not very familiar with the funding system in the states (I assume that you are mostly from the US?), but I had a discussion with another scientist friend about the article (long train ride).

He thinks that basic research (a category that includes antibiotics research) should be government funded, all if it, without going for how "cool" a subject is, but how necessary it is.

The "hot topics" should also be government funded but in the same way it is done now. Take interesting ideas, make a contest, fund the most promising/interesting.

In Germany at least, funding for microbiology project is very bad (unless you work on EHEC for example) while funding for stem cell project is way too strong (in my opinion)