Economic Crash Brings Ill Winds for Science

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2356
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5564.2356

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BUENOS AIRES-- In the wake of their country's financial meltdown, Argentinean scientists are finding it harder and harder to keep their labs afloat. A severe belt tightening is squeezing grants and salaries and scotching bigger efforts as well: Last month, the government aborted a new grants program aimed to lure young Argentinean investigators back from abroad. Even worse, Argentina is bracing for a brain drain that could turn back the clock on its scientific development.