Closing of Basel Institute Scatters Immunologists

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Science  13 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5528, pp. 238-239
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5528.238

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND-- Last year Hoffmann-La Roche pulled the plug on its renowned Basel Institute of Immunology, which for more than 30 years had run a self-directed program of basic immunology research. On 5 June 2000 Roche announced that it was converting the institute into a center for medical genomics. Roche's publicly stated rationale for the transition was that it needed to position itself at the "cutting edge of the biosciences." But employees paint a more complicated picture.