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The civil war raging in the Ivory Coast is counting scientific research among its many victims, with many international projects being left in disarray.

When conflict between rebel and government troops erupted five months ago, foreign researchers working in disputed regions had to leave their scientific stations for their own safety. For some, the work that they left behind may never be recovered.

"The war is a catastrophe," says Eduard Lisenmair, and ecologist at the University of Wurzburg, Germany, who had to abandon his biodiversity studies last September. "All we can do is wait and hope it will end."

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Reference: Nature 421, 680 (2003)
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