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July 9th, 2008

Scientists rally to Mexican researchers' plea

Abstract:
Scientists from around the world are calling on Mexican leaders to resolve a dispute that is tearing apart a leading South American research institute.

Two nanotechnology researchers at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosí (IPICYT) claim they are being persecuted by the organization's administrators, after they testified in a long-running probe into the former director, José Luis Morán-López, who was ousted for nepotism in April. Morán-López denies impropriety and is appealing.

Both researchers, brothers Humberto and Mauricio Terrones Maldonado, have since lost their administrative posts. Humberto was head of the advanced-materials department, and Mauricio headed the graduate research programme. Their students claim that the current administrators are now transferring lab facilities funded by the Terrones' grants to others.

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