The need for collaborative ventures in Europe has long been stressed in the editorial pages of this journal, and more than ten years ago (Endeavour, 28, 54, 1969) we gave strong support for a proposal to establish a European Laboratory of Molecular Biology. For this we then incurred some criticism, on the ground that such a laboratory would weaken national academic institutes striving to establish themselves in this rapidly developing field. Nevertheless, we continued to maintain (30, 2, '71) 'the great political and scientific importance of this [concept]-and of other such collaborative enterprises-if Europe is to maintain the initiative in fields where the great institutions of the United States have established a dominant position.' In the event, the Laboratory was established at Heidelberg in 1974, though not formally opened until 1978. The Director-General, Sir John Kendrew, here surveys the policy and achievements of this important new institute. © 1980.
Kendrew, S. J. (Cowdery). (1980). The European molecular biology laboratory. Endeavour. https://doi.org/10.1016/0160-9327(80)90007-1