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Lopsided Partnerships Give Way to Real Collaboration

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1477-1479
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1477

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LOS BAÑOS, THE PHILIPPINES-- A series of international collaborations here and in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have helped train local scientists, strengthened their institutions, and helped both earn credibility--and funding--from their own governments while also providing unique opportunities for outside scientists. But these links, some of which go back nearly to the birth of the nation, can also foster dependency on outside sources of funding and isolate researchers from their own governments. And bureaucratic red tape can frustrate the best intentioned collaborations.