Resnick Institute

Op-Ed From the Director

Jonas Peters

Winter 2017

A Call for Global Free Trade in Science

Viewpoint by Jonas C. Peters

Science is a global market, one where free trade in the form of hypotheses, results, conclusions, and their applications lifts our collective whole. American science and the technological engine it drives have long benefitted from this global market. But I worry that the recent rhetoric and actions due to foreign mistrust will have unintended consequences in this arena. American science is an industry of immigrants. Look no further than any typical research lab in our nation and you will see faces from every corner of the globe, working together to ferret out nature’s secrets and to solve society’s most vexing challenges. That six Nobel Laureates of 2016 were foreign born and are doing their research within the United States offers a timely reminder of this.

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