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Science  28 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6102, pp. 1600-1603
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6102.1600

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The second entry in Science's series on global research universities follows several high-profile researchers who have opened satellite labs in other countries. It's a hybrid form of international partnership—smaller, more focused, and less bureaucratic than a formal alliance between two institutions, but broader and more structured than a simple agreement between two like-minded researchers to team up on a project. Western scientists who have set up satellite labs in other parts of the world say the approach provides a relatively easy way to expand their research group and obtain funding without having to run the peer-review gauntlet in the United States and Europe. In return, the host country buys access to a world-class scientist willing to train its students and strengthen its research capacity.