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Questions Still Roil the Waters As MBL Charts New Course

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Science  17 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5337, pp. 381-382
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5337.381

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WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS-- For more than a century, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the renowned scientific preserve located here, provided the nation's top biologists with a peaceful summer retreat where they were free to focus on high-intensity teaching and groundbreaking science. Early in this decade, however, that peace was shattered by a series of controversies that ultimately led to a complete management shake-up, including both a new director and a revamped governing board. Life at MBL is now much improved, but problems, including a chronic shortage of funds, still remain, and some of the lab's supporters think it will need a fundamental transformation to become a research powerhouse like Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory or the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.