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Courting Universities Break Off Engagement

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Science  22 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5598, pp. 1531
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5598.1531a

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LONDON-- To some observers, it was shaping up as a marriage of necessity: London's two leading research universities uniting to pose a more potent challenge to the United Kingdom's academic powerhouses, Cambridge and Oxford. But mounting resistance to a plan to merge Imperial College and University College London forced administrators earlier this week to call off the wedding.