Nobelists Rising

An article at Science Progress looks at new Noblist Elizabeth Blackburn's tenure on George W. Bush's President's Council on Bioethics. The article says that Blackburn's progressive stance on human embryonic stem cell research irked the administration. Blackburn was appointed to the council in 2001 and her tenure was not renewed three years later. Blackburn then wrote: "In a telephone call from the White House one Friday afternoon in February, I was told that my services were no longer needed.

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