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Wellcome to sci-art

The Wellcome Trust wants more art with its science. Is this a third way for the two cultures debate? Only if it produces masterpieces

By Emma Crichton-Miller   105

At the grim north end of London’s Gower Street rises the sleek new glass-clad headquarters of the Wellcome Trust. Britain’s largest independent research-funding charity, the Wellcome invests over £400m a year in medical research. Among other things, it enabled John Sulston, at the head of the Sanger Institute in Cambridge, to make the single largest contribution to unravelling the human genome. It is a bastion of British science.

Luring you in, however, is a piece of art – an elegant, scintillating coil of glass spheres falling through a 30-metre high vertical void, and suspended on almost one million metres of…

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