Federal Officials Identify Over 500 ‘Scientists of Concern,’ Many with Connections to China

Federal Officials Identify Over 500 ‘Scientists of Concern,’ Many with Connections to China


A National Institutes of Health official announced the discovery of more than 500 “scientists of concern” with connections to China and other foreign influences who are working in academic institutions and research programs that receive federal funding.

The announcement was made Thursday by Michael Lauer, the NIH deputy director for extramural research, during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions aimed at protecting U.S. biomedical research, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I think one big problem, senators, is that the threat is significant,” Lauer said in the hearing. “We have identified over 500 scientists of concern. … Each of these require a tremendous amount of work to figure out what exactly has been happening and to work carefully with the institution to figure out what’s going on.”

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“We’ve seen scientists who have told their American institutions and the NIH that they’re spending 100 percent of their time

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