The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently issued a warning that there are over 500 scientists working in over 200 research institutions in the US who may have connections with other foreign countries such as China. The warning was issued because many of these individuals are involved in research projects subsidized by the US government and may be sharing research with foreign governments.
The Western Journal reports:
The announcement was made Thursday by Michael Lauer, the NIH deputy director for extramural research, during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions aimed at protecting U.S. biomedical research, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I think one big problem, senators, is that the threat is significant,” Lauer said in the hearing. “We have identified over 500 scientists of concern. … Each of these require a tremendous amount of work to figure out what exactly has been happening and to work carefully with the institution to figure out what’s going on.”
We’ve seen scientists who have told their American institutions and the NIH that they’re spending 100 percent of their time in the U.S., when, in fact, they’re spending 50 percent to 60 percent of their time in China — so they’re lying about how they’re spending their time, and that kind of blatant lie affects the credibility and the integrity of the entire enterprise.”
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