Scientific research

Government and Society
"Agree/ Disagree" Questions

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic.

Scientific research should be carried out and controlled by governments rather than private companies.
Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.


Model Essay

Scientific research plays an important role in the development of humanity. Some people think that the responsibility
for conducting and managing it should be taken by governments, and not by private companies. Personally, I believe
that both governments and private businesses should have the right and duty to carry out research.

I believe that governments should play the leading role in performing research due to a number of reasons. Firstly, scientific research is the key to finding solutions to the pressing concerns of society. Thorough medical research, for example, needs to be conducted by governments to develop vaccines against potential epidemics. Research into renewable energies is also crucial to deal with global warming. These kinds of research require a great deal of spending, which can only be afforded by the government. In addition, scientific studies controlled by governments will ensure that reliable and ethical methods are used, and minimize the risk of these studies being used for criminal activity. For instance, studies related to nuclear power or weapons must be carried out or supervised by governmental organizations to protect a country from terrorism or other warfare.

However, private companies can do research which is not carried out by governments. In fact, many useful scientific discoveries have been made by private institutions. To illustrate, the invention of the iPhone by Apple, a corporation in the US began the era of smartphones and facilitated modern forms of interaction between people all over the world. Furthermore, encouraging profit-driven companies to conduct scientific investigations will help them develop their own products and create competition in the marketplace. Society will therefore benefit from new inventions and better  products.

In conclusion, although governments should control and carry out major scientific studies, private companies should not be deprived of the right to do research. (297 words)


• Play the leading role in something (phr)
• To be the key to something (phr)
• To develop vaccines against potential epidemics (phr)
• To deal with something (phr)
• To minimize the risk of something (phr)
• To begin the era of something (phr)
• To facilitate modern forms of interaction
• To conduct/carry out scientific investigations

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