It was supposed to be a rising star in Eastern European science, an incubator of young talent and an international magnet for Croatia. But today, the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, housed in a historic building in Split overlooking the Adriatic Sea, is mired in controversy and appears to be on the brink of collapse. The director and founder, geneticist Miroslav Radman, said on a national talk show in December that he was paying bills out of his own pocket. Funding has almost run dry, and key staffers have left. But critics say his autocratic management style and other missteps may have led to the institute’s undoing.
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