While everybody these days has an opinion about science that affects all, the wisest approach involves consulting with key experts in the field. That also applies to funding research, according to a new article affirming that peer review is the most effective method of helping government agencies predict what ideas can best further scientific advancement. Peer review is even more necessary to biomedicine because some of those findings could be a matter of life and death. At National Institutes of Health (NIH), low scores are better than high scores: If peer review works as advertised, every proposal is funded based on the order of the score.
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