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From Supermarket Boss to Science Minister

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1792-1793
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1792a

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LONDON-- In July, British Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed a wealthy business executive and science enthusiast, David Sainsbury, as Britain's new science minister. This move and others, including a $1.75 billion boost in research funding, are being seen by researchers as a welcome sign that, after many lean years under the former Conservative government, the present administration is finally paying attention to their needs. Lord Sainsbury talks to Science about his role in the radical changes taking place in Britain's administration of science.