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Indian Scientists Shaken by Bomb Test Aftershocks

Science  24 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5376, pp. 494-495
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5376.494

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NEW DELHI, INDIA-- Indian and Pakistani scientists are beginning to pay a price for last May's atom bomb tests--a price that many believe is unfairly penalizing civilian science. Although the U.S. government took steps last week to limit the impact of economic sanctions, individual agencies began suspending all interactions with scientists from a long list of Indian and Pakistani research institutions, denying entry to some and questioning the status of others already in the country, restricting the exchange of lab materials, and canceling ongoing projects. Japan and Sweden have also taken punitive steps, leaving scientists from the subcontinent worrying that the stigma of the bomb tests may affect them for months or years to come.