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The European Union has appointed Scottish microbiologist Anne Glover its first chief scientific advisor, reports ScienceInsider's Jop de Vrieze. Glover will report to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on how to improve the EU's science policy. She has served as the Scottish government's chief science advisor for the past five years, and conducts research on biosensor technology at the University of Aberdeen, de Vrieze adds.

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