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Australian Researchers Rattled by Export Control Law

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Science  15 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6125, pp. 1263
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6125.1263

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An emerging controversy over an Australian government effort to tighten controls on research that could be used for good and evil is getting some high-level attention. On 25 March, a special 11-member advisory panel will meet to assess how the regulations will affect Australian science. Researchers fear that the new export controls—approved late last year as part of a defense treaty between Australia and the United States—will stifle the ability of Australian researchers to communicate with colleagues abroad. But others think that such concerns are premature.