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In the Chinese research community, Dr Han Chunyu was a nobody , at least by the yardstick of funding.

Despite the lack of backing, Han has broken into the global spotlight.

The research was published early this month in Nature Biotechnology and it quickly became one of the most viewed new articles, according to Nature.com, the website of the journal s publisher.

Over the last 10 years, we ve witnessed that the growth of Chinese-authored articles as the highest in the world, making China the second highest global producer of scholarly articles after the US, said Jason Chan, regional director of global communications at Elsevier in Singapore.

Most scientists, however, still work at relatively small universities or research institutes with limited budgets.

The rapid increase in the number of PhD graduates and the limited number of posts at first-tier research institutes has caused an obvious spillover effect.

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