Elizabeth H. Blackburn

La Jolla News Nuggets

La Jolla News Nuggets

Shaken Salk Institute names interim prez

Fred “Rusty” Gage, the geneticist who threw science for a loop by proving that humans can generate new brain cells in adulthood, has been appointed interim president of The Salk Institute in La Jolla. Gage, 67, previously served as interim president in 2015, when William Brody went on medical leave.

This time, Gage takes over for Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, who recently announced her unexpected upcoming retirement this summer. Gage told the Union-Tribune that his hat is not in the ring for the gig on a permanent basis, and The Salk said it hopes to announce Blackburn’s replacement within three to six...