It has long been traditional for senior scientists at the top of the tree to pull the ladder up after them. This Malthusian moan in PNAS continues that tradition. "Broadening the career paths for young scientists"? Not while the cloning of MiniMes continues.
I do wonder how different my career would have been if I had done that postdoc with Harold Varmus I sought in the 1980s. But I have no regrets.
Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus. Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws PNAS USA doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111