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Is Evolution Enough?

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Science  14 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5268, pp. 1576-1578
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5268.1576


The Department of Energy's (DOE's) $8-billion-a-year network of laboratories is scrambling to survive budget cuts and political pressure to define missions. Ironically, the financial pressures come at a time when new facilities are providing researchers with unprecedented scientific opportunities. Can the labs reinvent themselves in time? A 2-day “war game” suggests it will be hard to head off a lab-closing commission.