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Science  31 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5339, pp. 797-798
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5339.797b

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OTTAWA-- When the Canadian government announced earlier this month that it will ax three multicampus research collaborations it has been funding for the past 8 years, it touched off an angry reaction from neuroscientists around the world. They are upset that the highly respected NeuroSciences Network--a $3.3-million-a-year collaboration based at McGill University--was among the victims, in spite of the fact that an international peer-review panel gave it a strong endorsement earlier this year. Members of the panel say they are "insulted" and "appalled" by the decision, and add that they just can't fathom how the committee that recommended NeuroSciences' demise reached the conclusion that its scientific program was somehow "compromised" and "uneven."