Struggles With Questions Of Leader's Role Author: Bruce V. Bigelow

The Salk Institute has long been known as a premier center for biomedical research, but lately the San Diego laboratory has acquired a reputation in scientific circles as the home of hungry headhunters.

Efforts by the independent, nonprofit laboratory to recruit and retain a new leader over the past seven years have repeatedly misfired.

The Salk's fruitless quest hit home again on September 1, when Francis Crick stepped down from the helm after serving just 10 months.

Crick assumed the presidency following the abrupt resignation of Brian E. Henderson last October, less than 20 months after Henderson was hired from the Kenneth Norris Jr. Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California. At the time, Henderson said only that he wanted to return to his cancer research at USC.

The institute explained Crick's resignation by saying the Nobel laureate...

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