Chinese-American scientists say they’re being racially profiled and, in some cases, fired over accusations of spying for Beijing. In April, Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center dismissed three researchers for suspected espionage, and a month later Emory University dismissed two neuroscientists over funding links to China. Several other Chinese-American scientists say they’ve been contacted by the FBI amid concerns that China’s using academics to steal scientific innovations.
What’s being done? Deeply troubled by the allegations, the research community has lobbied 13 top U.S. universities to issue statements in defense of Chinese-American scientists.