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Paul Nurse suggests that funding agencies should pick out about 100 researchers from various fields to receive large, long-term grants, reports the UK's Times. Nurse, who received the 2001 Nobel prize in medicine, was nominated Friday to lead Britain's Royal Society, which has a £3.2 billion budget.

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