The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research has appointed David Lane to be its new scientific director, effective June 1. He succeeds Andrew Simpson, who was scientific director for five years, from 2007 to 2012.

Lane is credited with the discovery of the p53 protein, an important tumor suppressor that is either mutated or faulty in about half all cancers. His current research efforts are focused on controlling p53 and identifying targets for new cancer therapies.

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