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Cuts Add to Turmoil Over Research Spending

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 949
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.949a

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Mexican scientists are in an uproar over a surprise decision by the country's leading research agency to sharply cut research awards. The government of President Vicente Fox says the cuts have been blown out of proportion and are part of a major reshuffling that will result in a larger science budget. But scientists are skeptical, pointing to a series of recent actions that have raised doubts about the government's commitment to basic research.