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The UK's Home Office has made changes to its immigration policy that may keep scientists from going to Britain, the Guardian reports. Under the new regulations, senior scientists will be eligible for the new "exceptional talent," or tier one visas, which will be limited to 1,000 visas per year and will include artists and sports figures in addition to scientists.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

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