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The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is reporting that the number or researchers in developing countries has increased by 45 percent from 2002-2007. As of 2007, there were roughly 500 researchers per million inhabitants (compared to 3,600 in developed countries), or 2.7 million total (compared to 4.4 million). Developing countries account for 38.4 percent of overall global researchers, and 24 percent of expenditure.

As usual, Chinese growth is disproportional to the rest of the pack, accounting for 39 percent of R&D expenditure and 53 percent of researchers in developing countries.