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Security concerns may be shackling science

Russian scientists are invited to the United States for meetings aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, only to find they can’t get past the border. Foreign researchers are yanked from some federal labs. Important studies are delayed or canceled because the government insists on the right to censor the results. As the United States confronts a new era of terrorism and war, scientists say the government’s drive to tighten security is taking a toll on research and threatening to erode a culture that has made the nation a powerhouse of innovation and discovery. Dozens of new rules — on the books and under development — govern who can come into the United States to work on scientific projects, who can work with dangerous organisms or sensitive technologies, how that work will be carried out and how widely the results can be reported.“It’s important to be responsible here and to be particularly careful after 9/11 that we’re not giving our enemies information or materials that would make their job easier,” said John H. Marburger III, science adviser to President Bush. Full Story

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