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New Program Draws Praise, Complaints

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Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 964
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.964

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BERN-- A major program launched last month to boost the fortunes of a select group of top Swiss labs has ignited a controversy in the scientific community. Whereas the winners say it will provide much-needed opportunities for networking, some observers complain that the program is elitist. And social scientists are unhappy about being excluded from the winner's circle.