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Renewed sanctions strangle science in Iran

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Science  07 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6406, pp. 961
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6406.961

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Sanctions reimposed on Iran after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this year, on top of months of uncertainty preceding the move, have shaken the Iranian economy and left the country increasingly isolated. With funds scarce and international ties fraying, scientific research is suffering, say Iranians and outsiders. Iran's currency, the rial, has lost more than half its value since January. Government spending has fallen and reagents and equipment are often available on the black market, at steep prices. Meanwhile, travel barriers and banking restrictions have led to the suspension of international collaborations. If the outlook for science does not improve, many Iranian scientists may emigrate.