Last year, Cornell University researcher Kathleen Rasmussen enlisted two physicians from Bangladesh to fill out her research team in international maternal and child nutrition, a program funded by a training grant through the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center (FIC).

Both men are married, both have infant children, medical degrees, research backgrounds and jobs at non-governmental organizations committed to seeing them bring US nutrition science back to Bangladesh, as terms of the Fogarty grants require.

One man, with his wife and child, arrived in New York on time in September, after an easy slide through the visa system. He is of the Hindu faith. The other, a Muslim, is still in Bangladesh, and no one knows where his visa is.

Rasmussen does not know who to blame for the disappearance of the Muslim physician's visa, which was granted in September after three tries, then disappeared into the security checking...

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