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Dispute over president's age tears Pasteur Institute apart

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Science  05 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6299, pp. 531
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6299.531

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A dispute over the age of its president has plunged the Pasteur Institute in Paris into a leadership crisis. At the center is Christian Bréchot, a physician and viral hepatitis specialist whose first 4-year term as Pasteur president will end on 1 October 2017. Bréchot aspires to a second term, but he will turn 65 in July 2017. Under the governing statutes of the foundation that runs the center, that disqualifies him for the renewal, Pasteur's 21-strong board of directors has concluded. Angered by the board's refusal to change the rules, Pasteur's General Meeting, a parliament-style governing body, dissolved the board in June. Now, Bréchot's future is in limbo.