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In the wake of their country's financial meltdown, scientists in Argentina are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their labs afloat.

A severe belt tightening is squeezing grants and salaries and scotching bigger efforts as well. Last month, the government aborted a new grants program aimed to lure young Argentinean investigators back from abroad (see Argentina drops scheme for young researchers).

Even worse, Argentina is bracing for a brain drain that could turn back the clock on its scientific development.

Reference: Science 295, 2396 (2002)

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