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EMBL's Outward Expansion Strains Its Core Facility

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Science  12 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5345, pp. 1875-1876
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5345.1875

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HEIDELBERG, GERMANY-- Next month, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) plans to open a prestigious new facility north of Rome. Along with other new labs at the site, it is expected to become an international center for mouse genetics. But a nearly stagnant budget means that the only way EMBL can expand into new fields is to launch outstations like the new facility in Italy and attract voluntary contributions and local money to help support them. While these new external centers are flourishing, EMBL is having a tough time maintaining its main Heidelberg facility. Indeed, with science budgets being squeezed across the continent, some national governments are starting to question the role of a large central lab like EMBL.