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Q&A: Spain’s new cancer capitán wants to “go back to normality”

By Elie Dolgin Life hasn’t been easy at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) since the founding director Mariano Barbacid announced his intention to step down in 2009. Two campaigns to find a successor had to be halted—the first for lack of international candidates, and the second because nominees’ names were leaked to the press. The leaks occurred amidst a high-profile dispute over Barbacid’s controversial plan to use private funds to develop cancer drugs—a move that the country’s Ministry of Science and Innovation said contradicted state financing rules for a public foundation. But things seem to have settled down 


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