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Science  05 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5847, pp. 33c
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5847.33c

Leszek Borysiewicz is the new chief executive of Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC). Borysiewicz, an immunologist who helped develop vaccines against cervical cancer, was most recently deputy rector at Imperial College London. He takes over as MRC is attempting to respond to a government report last year that called for more emphasis on research with clinical and commercial applications. But Borysiewicz says that does not mean shortchanging basic research. “We're not going to improve our translational science without keeping the basic research strong,” he says.

Meanwhile, he will oversee the controversial relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) from the London suburb of Mill Hill into the city. NIMR researchers fought the original plans, saying the proposed site was too small (Science, 18 February 2005, p. 1028). But now MRC has joined forces with the Well-come Trust/Cancer Research U.K. and University College London to bid for a site near the British Library that would eventually house 1500 scientists. The government, which is selling the property, should announce a decision on the sale in the coming weeks.

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