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Nobel loot, Chinese plagiarism and human consciousness

By Anjana Ahuja   January 2011

Paul Nurse will be settling in as the new president of the Royal Society, having taken up the post in December. The 61-year-old Nobel laureate, formerly president of the Rockefeller University in New York, replaces Martin Rees, who had served his five-year term. But Nurse, whose research focuses on the genetics of cell division, won’t be unpacking his bags at once: in January, he also takes over at the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, a new health sciences hub in London. Expect a colourful reign: he spent some of his Nobel loot on a motorbike and has spoken…

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