Despite having a higher risk factor of coronary disease, in Puerto Rico the incidence of these diseases is 30% lower than in the United States. A study by Dr. Pablo Ivan Altieri, a cardiologist and researcher from the School of Medicine from the Medical Science Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, suggested that this is due to ethnicity and genetic factors of the population.
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Amazona vittata. Courtesy of Omar Monsegur - USFWS Endangered Species
Day by day, scientists face great challenges in carrying out their research. Traditionally, in order to fund their projects, scientists write research proposals to government agencies, where they are evaluated by other colleagues. The challenge is even greater for early career scientists, as they must compete with established scientists with vast experience. The picture is less encouraging if we consider that the budget problems threaten the "sequestration" of funds for science and technology.