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Argentina’s scientists are facing difficult times ahead following the country’s slide into political and economic chaos.

Work in laboratories is grinding to a halt as salaries go unpaid and the 250-peso (US$250) weekly limit on bank withdrawals effectively denies access to research grants.

It is unclear who in the government will shield scientists from the consequences of the crisis, and some fear that the chaos will force many scientists to leave Argentina or to quit science altogether.

Reference: Nature 415, 104 (2002)

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