Bug Bastille to Open Under New Management

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2298-2299
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2298

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PARIS-- In the next few weeks, Europe's most advanced high-security pathogen lab is expected to open for business in the southern French city of Lyons, but the long-anticipated debut of this "hot" lab is not turning out to be a joyous occasion for some of those involved. Last week, the Marcel Mérieux Foundation, which paid for the lab's construction, announced that the Pasteur Institute will take over its "scientific direction" and gave Pasteur the authority to name the lab's director. The leading candidate is a Pasteur scientist, which would leave the lab's current director out in the cold.