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Coronavirus disruptions reverberate through research

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1289-1290
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6484.1289

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With a surge in cases of coronavirus disease 2019, research has been upended around the world as access to labs is restricted and travel curtailed to slow the virus' spread. Though many scientists emphasized that disruptions to their work can't compare with the human toll of the pandemic, the costs to research will be substantial as projects grind to a halt. Institutions facing local outbreaks have made tough decisions about which research to prioritize, often favoring projects addressing the new coronavirus while cutting back others. Many labs have been forced to designate a couple of essential personnel to maintain equipment, cells, and animals, while sending everyone else home. Some are searching for workarounds to keep things ticking, whereas others resign themselves to losing data and materials.

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