Stem cell scientists headed to Singapore to continue research, from CNN

Two government biologists heavily recruited by Stanford University have decided to work in Singapore instead, saying they will face fewer restrictions on stem cell research overseas.

And so it begins.

It seems that today is the day for me to revisit themes that I blogged about this time last year. Last year I was posting about the impending decline in foreign grad students. What I didn’t think of was the brain drain of US-national researchers overseas. A failure of imagination on my part.

In retrospect, it seems natural that this brain drain would start in the field of stem cell research. What fields will be next, one wonders? Reproductive medicine? Evolutionary biology? Computer science? Library science would appear to be safe, for the moment.