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The National Research Centre is an Egyptian research and development centre for multiple disciplines including agriculture, chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering and genetics. It was established in 1956 "to foster basic and applied scientific research, particularly in industry, agriculture, public health and other sectors of national economy". The NRC is the largest institution affiliated with the ministry of Scientific Research. It has a research staff of 4847 scientists and is headed by a president with two vice presidents for research and technical affairs.