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Medical research said delayed by new visa restrictions

More than two dozen research studies at 20 universities have been significantly affected since regulations on processing visas for foreign scientists were tightened after the Sept. 11 attacks, a newspaper reported. The research involves diseases such as AIDS, cancer, the West Nile virus, leukemia and bioterrorism, the Hartford Courant said in a story prepared for Sunday editions. Leaders of the National Academies complained in December that heightened security is “having serious, unintended consequences for American science, engineering, and medicine.” State Department officials have said they are working to clear a visa backlog, but The Courant said interviews with scientists and educators indicate the problem may be getting even worse. “It has the potential of isolating the U.S. scientific community from the world scientific community,” said Douglas Osheroff, a Nobel Prize winner who heads the physics department at Stanford University. Full Story

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