NEW YORK, Aug. 9 – Susan Lindquist, the director-elect of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, promises that when she takes over on Oct. 15 there won’t be any shakeup of the institute’s research priorities.

“I’m not going to make any major changes,” the University of Chicago protein chemist told GenomeWeb Wednesday.

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