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Ames's Proposal for Lab Triggers Battle at NASA

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Science  07 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5476, pp. 23
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5476.23a

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Officials at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, would like to trade the use of part of their land for a new building largely dedicated to NASA's nascent astrobiology program, the core of which is a 2-year-old virtual institute based at Ames. Although some scientists applaud the idea, others say that it undermines the idea of a virtual institute and that operating costs would take money away from higher priorities. Two panels have offered conflicting opinions, which may be aired at a meeting next week.