Nobel-prize winning scientist Paul Nurse has called for a truce in the bitter war of words over plans to relocate Britain's National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).

On Monday (December 20), Nurse told an inquiry into the relocation row that he believed the task force that looked at the options for the NIMR should be reconvened. He also told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is conducting the inquiry, that the current impasse is largely due to the fact that the task force—of which he was a member—failed to fully consider what should happen if relocation plans fell through.

"I would strongly advise that the task force is got together again," Nurse told parliamentarians on the committee via a live video link from Rockefeller University, where he is now based. "I recommend we try to build a consensus and have a mediator to get them...

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