Bruce Alberts' colleagues are -- not surprisingly -- celebrating his decision to be the 18th editor-in-chief of Science, which the journal announced Monday (December 17). "I don't think [the journal] could have picked a better person," Peter Walter, chairman of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Scientist. The announcement followed months of speculation, during which Alberts' name linkurl:emerged;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53603/ as a candidate. Alberts is a well-known figure in science, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences and was one of the original authors of the classic textbook Molecular Biology of the Cell. He is based in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and is president of the American Society for Cell Biology. Over the years, he frequently entered policy debates -- in March, 2003, he linkurl:challenged the chairman;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/21223/ of...
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