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Killing of Professor Sparks Fight Over His Science and His Politics

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Science  22 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5964, pp. 401
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5964.401-a

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Last week, Iranian physicist Masoud Alimohammadi was assassinated by a remote-controlled motorcycle bomb outside of his apartment. Iranian authorities characterized the killing as an attempt by U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies to rein in Iran's nuclear program. But colleagues and others believe that the government may actually be the culprit. They point to recent actions by Alimohammadi both before and after the controversial reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June as evidence that the physicist favored political changes and that his death was a warning to other academics who supported the reform movement.