Wellcome Trust worries about immigration laws

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is warning that the British coalition government’s recently imposed cap on immigration will have a negative impact on the the lab’s ability to produce cutting-edge science. Professor Mike Stratton, the institute’s director, told The Times of London that the “outrageous” changes in immigration law will "hinder Sanger’s ability to produce science at the highest level,” according to a report in the London Telegraph. The lab employs dozens of scientists from outside the European Economic Area, but only a handful of them would qualify to stay under the new rules introduced in July. Stratton said that without the ability to attract overseas talent, the center could be overtaken by its rivals in the United States or China. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute was responsible for sequencing a third of the first human genome. Report

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