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USDA Closes Lab Doors to Foreign Scientists

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 996
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5570.996

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To guard against terrorism, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will no longer apply for visas to permit foreign scientists and students to work in its labs. The policy, which went into effect last month with little fanfare, is prompting an outcry from critics, who say it is an overreaction to legitimate concerns about national security that could weaken U.S. agricultural science. It also runs counter to pronouncements by high-ranking Bush Administration officials about the importance of international cooperation in science.