TRIESTE—This week Arturo Falaschi takes charge of 900 square meters of laboratory and office space in a newly completed facility just outside Trieste in northern Italy. He does so as director of the Italian portion of the new International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), set up by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to bring the benefits of recombinant DNA and associated technologies to Third World countries.

The Trieste lab and its counterpart in New Delhi, India, will each have 30 scientists, 20 postdoctoral researchers and 40 technicians. Many of the staff will be on two- to three-year appointments.

Both Falaschi and the ICGEB's General Director, I.C. (Irwin) Gunsalus, face uncertainty about future funding and the problem of attracting top-quality senior staff. Gunsalus, emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois, was named this winter to head the new institute, following the abrupt departure two years...

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