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Researchers Brace for Political Backlash

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Science  18 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5456, pp. 1187
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5456.1187a

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ZURICH-- Earlier this month, after the Austrian president approved a new government incorporating members of a far-right political party, the nation's researchers suddenly found themselves living in a state shunned by much of the international community. In an open letter sent last week, the president of the country's basic research granting agency appealed to foreign researchers "to maintain or increase contacts and cooperation with scientists in Austria."