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Extremists Steal Minister's Spotlight

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Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1967-1968
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1967b

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In her first major policy speech, Germany's new education and research minister announced plans last week to increase federal funding for research and higher education, dismantle some outmoded nuclear-power research facilities, and strengthen programs to help women and young scientists. And the premiere basic-research organization, the Max Planck Society, last week welcomed its 5% budget increase and the minister's decision to grant it more autonomy in its spending. But the boldest headlines went to an incident in which a prominent German researcher was placed under police protection following threats from animal rights activists.

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