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Sussex's chemistry department has been spared the axe, but others have been shut. Is this the twilight of British chemistry? Plus, a new vaccine for bird flu

By Philip Ball   June 2006

Chemistry’s twilight?

Is a university without a chemistry department serious about its educational mission? Not according to those who have successfully campaigned to save the department at Sussex University from the axe. “There is no… US university that would dream of damaging its chemistry department,” says Ronald Breslow, former president of the American Chemical Society. “It is as fundamental to the core of the universities as are the history and literature departments.” The Nobel chemistry laureate Harry Kroto, who spent much of his working life in the Sussex department, contemplated returning his honorary degree from Sussex in protest at the…

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