Three Asian scientists have been kicked out from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston over concerns of ties to China, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The center took action after being warned by the National Institutes of Health. The three are accused of having conflicts of interest and unreported foreign income. Their ouster is part of growing concerns the Chinese are trying to steal US scientific research. The names of the scientists have not been released.
The action has lead to concerns from the Chinese community of racial profiling.
“Scientific research depends on the free flow of ideas,” Frank H. Wu, president of the Committee of 100, a group of influential Chinese-Americans. said to the Chronicle. “Our national interest is best advanced by welcoming people, not by racial stereotyping based on where a person comes from.”
According to the Tech Times, the three scientists are reportedly Chinese. Two resigned before they could be dismissed and the third is challenging the firing. Of two other scientists also investigated, one has been cleared while the other still faces scrutiny.
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