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Scathing report about MIT neuroscience released today

Earlier this summer, a controversy erupted at MIT when the director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Susumu Tonegawa, scared off a young scientist, Alla Karpova, whom MIT’s other neuroscience institute, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the biology department, were trying to recruit. The incident brought to light ongoing tensions between the two centers and cast MIT in a not-so-favorable light in the press. MIT’s president Susan Hockfield formed a committee (of MIT physics and material science professors) to investigate the matter. 

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