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Mexican scientists feel the Trump effect

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Science  03 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6324, pp. 440-441
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6324.440

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Two weeks into the presidency of Donald Trump, waves of angst are sweeping through the Mexican science community. The peso has plummeted against the dollar, affecting the value of grants: Mexican scientists purchase most of the research materials and equipment they use from the United States. Trump's insistence on building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it has made scientists nervous about the fate of funding and support for cross-border collaborations. In response to increasingly chilly relations, Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology said it will pursue collaborations beyond the United States, including with the European Union and China. Meanwhile, promising young Mexican scientists planning to go abroad are having second thoughts about studying in the United States, which no longer seems as welcoming as it once did.

  • * in Mexico City

    Additional reporting by Jeffrey Mervis.