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A ruddy duck and his unusual — at least for humans — penis is seen in this courtesy photo.

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Researcher: Flap over duck genitalia work misguided

Patricia Brennan sees funding of basic research as key to keeping the US vital in the global economic competition.

AMHERST, Mass. — In the past few days, the Internet has been filled with commentary on whether the National Science Foundation should have paid for my study on duck genitalia, and 88.7 percent of respondents to a Fox news online poll agreed that studying duck genitalia is wasteful government spending. The commentary supporting and decrying the study continues to grow. As the lead investigator in this research, I would like to weigh in on the controversy and offer some insights into the process of research funding by the NSF.

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