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In Australia, Research Cuts Threaten to Push Research Stars into Exile

In an op-ed in the Australian newspaper The Age, Peter C. Doherty, who (with Rolf M. Zinkernagel) won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, argues that “rumoured” budget cuts in Australia are likely to send star Australian researchers into exile. The cuts to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) budget, said to be in the $400 million range, “would be disastrous for Australian science, for the intellectual health and international stature of our leading universities, hospitals and research institutes, and for the personal futures of that bright cadre of young, enthusiastic researchers that has been nurtured here since the significant increases to funding that occurred under recent governments,” Doherty writes. The loss of those young researchers that society has invested in would be especially damaging, he writes. “Lose the scientists and you lose the discoveries and the investment benefits that follow.”

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