D'un biologiste soviétique/russe, Eduard Kolchinsky :

« Scientists want to satisfy their own curiosity. They need money for their research so they look for funding. How they get it depends on the government and the ways that public money is channeled. So this issue about collaboration with a regime, it’s ultimately not about scientists. It’s about the way public money functions and the interests of government in a particular historical circumstance.

Scientists are remarkably cunning. For example, in the United States during the Cold War era, money went into defense research and scientists were very skillful in using this language to receive grants. Everyone wanted to get something from the huge allocation of resources that was going towards defense. Scientists are cynicists and science is a deeply cynical enterprise. The ultimate thing that scientists want is to satisfy their own curiosity. Of course, later on they will use nice words to explain that it serves the public interest or that it will solve problems that plague all of humankind. »

Ayant vu des scientifiques américains obtenir un financement de la défense (DARPA) pour étudier des procédures de décision pour des ensembles semialgébriques servant à étudier des équations différentielles polynomiales pouvant servir à modéliser des concentrations chimiques dans le processus de sporulation d'une bactérie qui ressemblerait au bacille du charbon, je ne peux qu'approuver : le scientifique n'hésitera pas à prendre l'argent là où il est (chez les militaires ou la finance, par exemple) pour faire ce qui l'intéresse.