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Lab Chief, Postdoc Clash Over Nanotech Paper

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2411-2412
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2411a

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Peter Schwartz says he has been blocked from publishing his results on a nanotechnology problem, and he claims it's a classic example of a senior scientist clamping a lid on a junior colleague. But his former boss, Chad Mirkin, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University and leader of a world-class nanotechnology group, strongly disagrees. This spat, which has generated several news stories, illustrates how academic differences in science increasingly involve commercial and legal battles as well.