For Bruce Alberts, the week Science linkurl:announced; he would be the journal's new chief editor was, decidedly, "hectic." Already, "I've got a lot of people sending me advice on how Science magazine could be improved," he told me Wednesday (December 19). His response: Bring it on. "A thousand minds are better than ten," he said, so he's going to be collecting suggestions from all corners about ways to improve the journal. It's taken him a little while to warm up to the idea of leading one of the world's top publications. In fact, he spent a month thinking it over. He wasn't too excited at the prospect of facing angry authors whose papers were rejected, taking on a whole new role at nearly 70 years of age, and, frankly, writing all of those editorials. "I'd like to write some of them, but I don't want to write 50," he joked....

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