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Medical Research Revolution?

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Public Library of Science, an organization working to put medical research and scientific studies online — for free.

Currently, most of the 50,000-plus studies published yearly based on scientific research funded by the federal government are held by for-profit publishers. These publishers assign rates as high as $50 to articles readable online. Subscriptions to related services can cost thousands of dollars a year.

Starting in October, the Public Library of Science will start to shift those costs away from the final consumers — people seeking medical care and cures — and to the researchers whose work is being highlighted, as well as the organizations funding their research. Open-source medical research? Only time will tell.

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