The Senate confirms geneticist Eric Lander as Biden’s science adviser

Washington: The Senate has confirmed geneticist Eric Lander To be president Joe BidenChief Science Advisor, one of the last fill Cabinet Posts in Biden Administration
Lander, founding director of MIT’s Broad Institute and HarvardBiden has been promoted to the top of the cabinet, after a voice vote on Friday approved him to serve as director of White House science and technology policy. Lender, who is also a mathematician and molecular biologist, was the lead author of the first paper to announce the details of the human genome, the so-called “book of life.”
Her nomination was delayed for months as senators sought more information about her meeting with the late Jeffrey Epstein, a disgraced financier accused of sex trafficking, before she committed suicide. Lander was also criticized for taking lightly the contributions of two Nobel Prize-winning women scientists.
At her confirmation hearing last month, Lender apologized in a 2016 article that she wrote denying the work of women scientists. At the hearing, he also called Epstein a “disgusting person.”
Lander said he “emphasized the importance of those important advances.” Biochemists Emmanuel Charpentier and Jennifer Dodna later awarded him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
“I felt scared about it, I made a mistake. And when I make a mistake, I own it and try to do better,” Lander said. “I have to write these paragraphs differently to make my intentions crystal clear. I have great respect for Dr. Dauna and Charpentier and the important work they have done throughout their careers.”
He met with Epstein only twice in 2012, Lander said, and never requested or received money from Epstein or his foundation.
Senate Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a May 20 committee meeting that Biden had named women as science advisers, but that Lander had promised to uplift women and minorities. In science
Lander said in a statement Friday that the height of Biden’s science post “makes it clear that science and technology will focus on addressing the country’s most pressing challenges, including” health, environmental quality “and justice for all Americans.”
Lander’s confirmation almost completed Biden’s cabinet. The remaining non-specific cabinet posts belong to the management office and the budget director. Shalanda Yale served as OEMB director. Nira Tandon withdrew her candidacy for the post of Orabi chief after several senators said they would not vote for her.


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