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Woods Hole Lab Faces Uncertain Future

Celebrating its centennial, the Marine Biological Laboratory adapts to a new era in which money talks as loudly as science WOODS HOLE, MASS.—When Harlyn 0. Halvorson, the new director of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, blows out the candles for his institution’s 100th birthday this summer, no one will have to ask what he wished for. The laboratory needs more money, more room, and more molecular biology if it is to remain in the forefront of scientific research durin

Elizabeth Pennisi
Celebrating its centennial, the Marine Biological Laboratory adapts to a new era in which money talks as loudly as science

WOODS HOLE, MASS.—When Harlyn 0. Halvorson, the new director of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, blows out the candles for his institution’s 100th birthday this summer, no one will have to ask what he wished for. The laboratory needs more money, more room, and more molecular biology if it is to remain in the forefront of scientific research during its second century.

Even during the frenetic summer, when scientists from around the world migrate to Woods Hole to probe fundamental questions of biology, the problems are not difficult to spot. Witness biologist Diane Holmstrom toiling at a makeshift hallway lab bench because of a shortage of facilities. Or drop in on the small wooden building where squid and other marine creatures wait to do their part for science,...

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