Medical Research Council chief Colin Blakemore is stepping down at a time when the UK agency is facing major reforms. linkurl:Blakemore; said that he decided to leave after his current term expires in September, but his decision has nothing to do with the MRC's linkurl:upcoming; changes -- which include the UK government's decision to reform medical research funding, creating an umbrella structure to oversee both the MRC and research within the National Health Service. For more linkurl:in-depth; coverage, refer to The Scientist daily news. Editor's note (posted 12 PM EST March 8): This blog has been updated from its original version.

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