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If officials don't act soon, research institutions could start shutting down next year.
Institutions in Argentina and Brazil are struggling to maintain their funding and talent.
Scientists in Brazil have been deeply affected by the recent cuts in research funding that were announced in order to combat the growing fiscal deficits.
The 44 percent drop in funding is disproportionately large compared to overall reductions in government spending.
After years of austerity, researchers fear that the latest dramatic cut will destroy the country's science.
In Rio de Janeiro state, grants go unpaid as government raids science agency coffers.
Cap at current spending levels could spell 'end of science in Brazil', researchers say.
Constitutional amendment would freeze public spending at current levels for 2 decades.
<p>Desperate health officials are investing in new control strategies, but the evidence - and the economics - are still hazy.</p>
New President Michel Temer — who replaces impeached Dilma Rousseff — is fusing the science and telecommunications ministries.
Scientists decry decision grounded in “pseudoscience”