Addressing challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic demands scientific collaboration across national borders.Credit: Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided striking demonstrations of the value of research cooperation across borders. From sharing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences to piecing together how the virus behaves, international research teams have worked together to the benefit of all.

At the same time, there are signs that mounting geopolitical tensions — particularly between the United States and China — might be diminishing the exchange of people and knowledge between nations. As countries move to protect their own interests, effort is needed on all sides to strike an appropriate balance that safeguards the great rewards that flow from mutually beneficial cooperation between researchers.

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