Nobelist Richard Roberts, director of bioinformatics at New England Biolabs in Beverly, Mass., was recently appointed to a NASA panel tasked with making sure that budget cuts don’t destroy plans to do meaningful scientific research on the International Space Station.

Roberts serves on the advisory panel for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, but nonetheless said it was “a bit of a surprise” to be appointed to the space station task force. “They want to be sure that when they cut the budget, they do it in a way that won’t jeopardize good science,” he said.

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