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Science  07 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5416, pp. 896
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5416.896

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REHOVOT-- As a research powerhouse, and perhaps Israel's best known scientific institution, the Weizmann Institute has its own idiosyncratic way of doing science. Although it has 750 grad students, it is not a university and therefore is not obligated to cover every field. In fact, the institute picks and chooses carefully, building expertise in a particular area before moving on to something else, a tight focus which has paid off: Weizmann scientists claim honors ranging from the discovery of the p53 cancer gene to the development of new encryption techniques.