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Nobelist Paul Nurse to Pilot Royal Society, London Superlab

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Science  23 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5990, pp. 380-381
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5990.380

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Paul Nurse, the president of Rockefeller University, recently agreed to leave Rockefeller to take on two of the highest-profile jobs in British science. Earlier this month, he was elected president of the Royal Society, the U.K. scientific society founded 350 years ago. And last week, Nurse took on another challenge, agreeing to be the founding director and chief executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation. When it is up and running 5 years from now with 1500 researchers and staff members, it will be the largest research institution in Europe. Nurse spoke with Science last week about his past, his recent suggestion to bolster U.K. funding for 100 to 150 top researchers, and his busy future.