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Puerto Rico’s ‘fear lab’ mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity

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A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a ‘fear lab’ in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two decades. A crucible for studies of fear extinction, the lab has so far published 80 papers — some the first ever from Puerto Rico for certain journals. Of 130 trainees to date, 90 percent are from Puerto Rico and Latin America and half are women.