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Guerrero-Medina G, Feliu´-Mo´ jer M, Gonza´lez-Espada W, Dı´az-Mun˜ oz G, Lo´ pez M, et al. (2013) Supporting Diversity in Science through Social Networking. PLoS Biol 11(12): e1001740. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001740
Science is disproportionately produced at research centers within a few select regions [1,2]. This distribution contributes to ‘‘brain drain’’—the cultural and geographical separation of researchers from their communities of origin . In places lacking research centers, brain drain precludes achieving a critical mass of scientific expertise and the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Displaced scientists gradually become disconnected from their home communities and colleagues, presenting a challenge to maintaining research collaborations that could benefit their communities of origin. Insidiously, dispersion also presents socio-cognitive challenges to scientists who see themselves as underrepresented in the larger culture of science [4–6].