News FocusRevolutionizing Egypt's Science

A New Day for Egyptian Science?

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Science  15 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6040, pp. 278-284
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6040.278

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Scientists are carrying Egypt's 25 January revolution, which led to the downfall of longtime president Hosni Mubarak and his dictatorial regime, to the country's universities and research institutes. They are demanding academic freedom, a living wage, an end to corruption, and a clear strategy to help Egypt tackle the coming challenges. The interim government, overseen by the army, is listening. Egypt's current leaders are not waiting for a new elected government, expected to take over sometime in 2012, to make changes. They say that the revolution's ultimate success depends on jump-starting the flagging economy and that one crucial way to do that is to transform the country's troubled research establishment.