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Senate confirms geneticist Lander as Biden’s science adviser

Senate confirms geneticist Lander as Biden’s science adviser

Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, was approved by a voice vote Saturday to serve as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a position Biden has elevated to Cabinet rank.

Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, was approved by a voice vote Saturday to serve as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a position Biden has elevated to Cabinet rank.

Lander, who also is a mathematician and molecular biologist, was lead author of the first paper announcing the details of the human genome, the so-called “book of life.”

His nomination was delayed for months as senators sought more information about meetings he had with the late Jeffrey Epstein, a disgraced financier who was charged with sex trafficking before his apparent suicide. Lander also was criticized for downplaying the contributions of two Nobel Prize-winning female scientists.

At his confirmation hearing last month, Lander apologized for a 2016 article he wrote that downplayed the work of the female scientists. At the hearing, he also called Epstein “an abhorrent individual.”

News Source : Hindustan Times

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