As research facilities in Japan have been affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and rising levels of radiation, David Cyranoski at Nature's Great Beyond blog wonders what this means for scientific research. He notes that many foreign researchers are leaving the area while many Japanese are staying — there is an "atmosphere of uncertainty," Cyranoski says. He adds: "This has been frustrating for scientists trying to keep their labs together. ...

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