As scientists working at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, we were surprised to read in The Scientist (March 2, 1992, page 1) that poor morale, "turmoil," and "bitter divisions" permeate the institute owing to a recent change in leadership.

While recognizing the difficulties involved in any transition, we want to stress that this characterization does not reflect the attitudes of scientists who are actively engaged in perpetuating Wistar's success as an independent research institution. We want to express our commitment to maintain Wistar's stature as a world-class biomedical research center.

Wistar researchers continue to publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and to compete successfully for federal grants; we play an important role in training basic scientists and young physicians; we maintain strong collaborations with colleagues at other research institutions as well as industrial partners.

Together with our director, Giovanni Rovera, we will continue to foster the productive and innovative...

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