So Many Letters

A flurry of letters has been sent in favor of and against the chief scientific adviser position at the European Commission, the Guardian reports. The position was established in 2012 by José Manuel Barroso, the current EC president, and has been held since then by Anne Glover, a biologist from the University of Aberdeen.

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