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[Perspectives] Jim Smith: biologist at the heart of embryonic Francis Crick Institute

“I need to consolidate my life a bit”, says Jim Smith, winding up our conversation in an office on one of the upper floors of the Wellcome Trust building on London’s Euston Road. The consolidation he’s seeking is geographical rather than social: he has three jobs in three separate locations. The task he’s performed longest is running a research group on the molecular basis of mesoderm formation at what was the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mill Hill and is now the north London branch of the Francis Crick Institute.