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Rhone-Poulenc Recruits Head of Cochin Institute For New Science Post

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PARIS--Rhone-Poulenc has named Axel Kahn its new deputy scientific director for health and agricultural biotechnology. He will be responsible for evaluating research proposals in medical and agricultural biotechnology throughout the Rhone-Poulenc organization. A medical geneticist, Kahn has been director of the Cochin Institute of Molecular Genetics here. He is also a member of the national bioethics commission of France, and served as chairman of the committee that advises the government on genetically modified organisms until resigning the position earlier this year after disagreeing with a government decision to ban the cultivation of transgenic maize.

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