The University of Massachusetts Amherst is shutting down a prominent laboratory after the death late last year of the high-profile scientist who oversaw the research. In most fields, that would be the end of the story: an employee passes away, the employer replaces her, everyone moves on. But Lynn Margulis’s death has presented UMass with a dilemma. What is it supposed to do with the colleagues and equipment, not to mention the unfinished work, she left behind?
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