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Science Philanthropy

Scientists and researchers have lamented the steady decline in government funding of science and research for decades. At the same time, wealthy philanthropists are stepping up their support, pouring millions into everything from genetic research to space exploration. Donors are motivated both by personal reasons--wanting a cure for a disease affecting a loved one--and private passions for specific fields. We explore both the concerns over how privatization will affect where funding goes, and the long history of private funding that stretches back to the Galileo era of science.

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