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Statement on media coverage of Janet Allen’s resignation from BBSRC

10 November 2011

BBSRC would like to make clear that it informed the Times Higher Education prior to its story of 10 November 2011, that the circumstances of Janet Allen's resignation as Director of Research are categorically in no way related to allegations being made against Alirio Melendez. Janet has left BBSRC for personal reasons. It is invidious to suggest that this should bring into question her integrity.

During Janet Allen's time as Director of Research for BBSRC her achievements were many and covered every aspect of the Council's Strategic Plan - Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health, Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology, Exploiting New Ways of Working and Global Food Security.

Full details of Douglas Kell's tribute to Janet's work for BBSRC can be found here:


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