If we want bigger software markets, we need to develop the developers who will create them. That's the lesson I take from this article on HIV research. Researchers are learning that it's a Very Good Thing to enable local scientists in Uganda and elsewhere to tackle HIV research, in large part because the closer someone is to the problem, the better positioned they are to think intelligently about how to solve it.
"Old fashioned 'parachute science' -- where scientists from the developed world flew in, bled a few patients, and immediately returned to their country of origin with their samples, are no longer required or acceptable. In-house development and research is an effective and efficient way forward," said Professor Frances Gotch, one of the commentary's authors from the Division of Investigative Science at Imperial College....… Read more