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Peer review is considered to be "the cornerstone of the NIH [National Institutes of Health] extramural program in that it is the principal mechanism by which we identify high quality research that is worthy of funding" (Harold Varmus).
This statement reflects the
longstanding view, first expressed by Vannevar Bush in 1945, that the
evaluation of science should be performed by scientists, not government