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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1466-1467
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1466

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA-- The economic crisis that has rocked this country and much of Southeast Asia has dealt a blow to research budgets. But many scientists and government officials here and in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines insist that the real problem is not money but the existing culture of science. Reform efforts are therefore under way not only to increase the number of students taking science courses and improve research training, but also to foster independent research and greater productivity.