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Quinta Grande The Newsletter of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Winter 2009| Issue 5

In this edition: •

“I don’t believe in hopeful monsters”: Interview with Rami Reshef

The Career Paths workshop: exploring alternative careers

The Giant and the Dwarf: the Norman Borlaug story

What we’ve been up to in the Science Communication team

IGC researchers win several international and national awards

Illustration: Hugo Almeida

Telomeres & Telomerase get the Nobel - Why all the fuss? This edition is available online at: www.igc.gulbenkian.pt


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