The article reports on the efforts of the Singapore government in drawing top scientists to work in the country. Cao Tong, a professor at the National University of Singapore, admits that he is essentially a pawn of the government. Cao, a professor of dentistry was awarded a half-million-dollar grant to back his oral-tissue-regeneration project. The young Chinese-born researcher is using embryonic stem cells to try to generate new dental tissue and bone cells. He believes that this is precisely the kind of research that Singapore believes will make it a world leader in biotechnology. In the past five years, thousands of researchers, many of them in the biomedical sciences, have been lured to Singapore with promises of state-of-the-art laboratories and blank checks with few strings attached. Determined to transform Singapore into a life-sciences hub that would attract research and industry, the government has sunk billions into developing its biotechnology facilities.
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