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Science bill rankles Mexican research community

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Science  05 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6529, pp. 554
DOI: 10.1126/science.371.6529.554

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Relations between Mexico's scientific community and the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-wing populist, have never been warm. But the debate over a new bill governing Mexican science and technology has brought the acrimony to a boiling point. The government says the new law, which may soon be sent to Mexico's parliament, would improve science and technology policymaking and help guarantee sufficient funding and support for research. But a draft presented by María Elena Álvarez-Buylla Roces, head of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), has met with a barrage of criticism from scientists. They say it would increase Conacyt's power, deprive the scientific community of a say in future science policy, and limit academic freedom.

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