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U.S. losing stature as science leader

May 29, 2008 at 11:56 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say the United States is losing stature in the international scientific community because of anti-science policies.

A panel of scientists and audience members at the World Science Festival in New York said questions about the science of evolution and evidence of climate change, along with a reluctance to fund stem cell research, has resulted in a loss of scientific power and prestige, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Nobel laureate David Baltimore, board chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said raising questions about the science of evolution "leads to a certain disdain for American

intelligence."

Nina Fedoroff, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's top science adviser, said science in the United States "has really kind of died over a quarter of a century." Fedoroff said China is educating 10 times as many students as the United States. "The next generation of scientists in other countries might not speak English," she said.

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