HHMI Bets the Farm

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Gerry Rubin doesn't want to follow in the footsteps of greatness, thank you very much. As director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus, a major investment from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to build its own freestanding scientific center, Rubin has spent the last several years trying to figure out all the rules inherent in research institutions — and how to break them. "My greatest failure would be to have someone say we just made another Salk Institute or Whitehead Institute," he says. "Those are great institutions, but [HHMI] already supports people at those institutions."

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