By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is "well prepared" to tackle challenges posed by the growth of 'big' science as it begins planning its research and operations strategy for the five years starting in 2012, Director General Iain Mattaj said in the institution's annual report for the fiscal year ended March 31.

The report showed a decline in grant funding, especially by the European Community, that pushed EMBL into the red.

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