From research scientist to project manager: outsourcing the lab

 

 

Read my latest for Wired….

Frankenstein may have been written almost two hundred years ago, but the iconic imagery of the lone scientist working in his homemade lab, trying to answer the most profound question of all — “what is life?” — still imprisons many people’s perceptions of what scientists actually do all day long.

However, for an increasing number of research scientists such a hands-on approach is no longer an option as they face the pressure of ever more complex and expensive technology, relentless budget cuts and the never-ending pressure to “publish or die”.

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