In DepthBrain Drain

Mexico struggles to woo expat genome jocks

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Science  29 Apr 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6285, pp. 507
DOI: 10.1126/science.352.6285.507

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Over the last 10 years, Mexico has invested heavily in training young scientists in genomics and sent many promising students abroad for Ph.D.s and postdocs. The new International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH) in Juriquilla, Mexico, which celebrated its first anniversary this month, was built to bring home some of these rising stars. But returnees have been stymied by limited funding and a stifling bureaucracy, and many end up longing for the comparative ease of doing research in the United States and Europe. LIIGH is a testimony to Mexico's eagerness to build homegrown expertise in genomics—and to the challenges it faces to fully realize its potential.

  • * in Juriquilla, Mexico