NEW YORK, Dec 12 – A 20-person protein research group at the Whitehead Institute is scheduled to close after the group's leader, Peter S. Kim, takes up a new post at Merck, Forbes.com said on Monday.

“After he’s made sure that all his students have places to go, his lab at MIT’s Whitehead will close,” the on-line news service said.

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