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All-Star Cast for New Max Planck Institute

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Science  31 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5339, pp. 793
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5339.793

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With Germany mired in a post-reunification economic slump, and researchers across the country feeling the budget squeeze (see "Germany Puts Money on Peer Review"), the last thing you might expect is a big, bold new science undertaking. But last month, the Max Planck Society signed up four star scientists from the United States and Europe to found a center in the eastern city of Leipzig--an institute that looks poised to become a powerhouse of interdisciplinary research on evolution in humans and our closest primate relatives.