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First Science Adviser in Biden Cabinet Talks COVID, Spying, and More


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Eric Lander

"Something that is core to science is dissent. I think a really important question is how to protect the ability for scientists who have a divergent point of view to be able to, in a constructive way, express that, including scientists who might have a divergent view from political appointees. I think we need to protect those sorts of things because it's the heart of the scientific method."

Expectations are high for geneticist Eric Lander, who was sworn in on June 2 as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In a first for any U.S. president, Joe Biden elevated the position of OSTP director to his cabinet, potentially granting Lander more access and influence than any science adviser before him.

In an interview, Lander discusss his goals for the OSTP, criticisms of him, and some of the weighty priorities that Biden has tasked him with.

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