Inder Verma, a professor at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, writes in his article titled Then and Now about how various facets of R&D have changed over the years.
Mriganka Sur, head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, urges strongly that our university system must be rejuvenated if India is to capitalize on the biotechnology revolution.
Finally, Satyajit Mayor, a faculty member at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, recounts his experiences when he made the transition from a 11 year-long career in the US to his current job at NCBS. He recounts both the positives and the negatives, but the accent is clearly on the former.
The Nature supplement also has a few articles by journalists K.S. Jayaraman (Nature's India correspondent) and Apoorva Mandavilli (Senior News Editor, Nature Medicine). While their articles and reports are well written, I was appalled by the opening of the editorial and this report. When will these guys get over the urge to peddle the tired old cliches about cows, beggars and bullock carts in their effort to make their India-oriented articles 'appeal' to the audience in the West? It is bad enough when Western news agencies (and their non-Indian correspondents) do it ...