Education: Happy Fellows, Family Feud

The MacArthur Foundation makes its grants and defends a suit

Harvard Biologist Matthew Meselson, 53, has been embroiled in bitter controversy ever since he suggested last spring that the "yellow rain" in Southeast Asia, which the State Department claims is biochemical weaponry used by the Soviet Union, is actually bee droppings. Last week, as the beleaguered Meselson sat dictating letters requesting $700 from the Harvard administration to help fund his work, the phone rang. An official of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago informed him that he had been chosen...

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