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Lab Privatization Program in Tatters

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Science  13 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5294, pp. 1831
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5294.1831b


London—The British government's efforts to shift many public laboratories into the private sector appears to be in disarray after it has backed down from one privatization and put another on hold in little more than a week. With a general election looming and privatization proving expensive, the political and economic costs of going ahead are apparently proving too great. The confusion is prompting both anger and relief among researchers.