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Bush Taps MIT s Lander for National Cancer Institute Board

NEW YORK, Jan. 16-President George W. Bush plans to appoint Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research director Eric Lander to the National Cancer Advisory Board, the White House said yesterday.


The National Cancer Advisory Board oversees the National Cancer Institute, considering budget, legislative, clinical, scientific, and regulatory issues and providing peer review for NCI grant applications.


Its 18 members are all appointed by the president, and include medical, scientific, administrative, and patient advocate experts. It is currently chaired by University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center director John Niederhuber.


Lander, who is also professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will serve on the board until March 2006 and may be re-appointed for a second term.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.