Science: Reform In Research

A Federal court recently killed a goose that had laid a huge golden egg for the University of Wisconsin. The Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco outlawed patents (for enriching food with vitamin D) which in 15 years had netted the University's research outfit $7,500,000. But Wisconsin still had this golden egg last week—in the form of investments—as well as ideas that may lead to a new era in university research.

Wisconsin's big money-maker is a skinny, self-effacing biochemist named Harry Steenbock. Some 18 years ago he discovered that food could be...

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