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NYTimes (following Seattle Times) examines changes in Gates Fdn’s Grand Challenges | 

The New York Times’ Donald G. McNeil Jr. today took a close look at the impact of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s scientific research stimulus project called Grand Challenges in Global Health, and why so many of its projects are losing funding.

The Seattle Times’ Sandi Doughton explored the same ground a month and a half ago, even without getting the kind of special access to Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation that McNeil got (I know, because I was refused access to the same meeting McNeil, the only journalist, was allowed to attend).

And, in my opinion, Sandi’s article was much more revealing of the real reaction many in the scientific community had to the changes in the Gates program. But more on that in a bit.

McNeil, who I consider one of the world’s leading global health reporters, got some good quotes from Bill Gates –  “We were naive when we began” — about having too high expectations when it came to the pace of progress hoped for with their Grand Challenges project. Continue reading