In DepthIRAQ

Throwing a lifeline to a one-time Arab science power

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Science  16 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6219, pp. 223
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6219.223

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The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to restore the intellectual capital that Iraq will need to rebuild. The State Department's 7-year-old Iraq Science Fellowship Program has trained 52 Iraqi scientists in various specialties. This month it will be joined by a second fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, to bring several scientists a year to the United States to train in top labs. The new program will focus chiefly on biologists in dual-use areas—those whose research could be used to create new toxins or biological weapons—and it will emphasize biosecurity and threat reduction.