Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Science Influence

The influence of the presidential science advisor in the US has risen and fallen, depending on the administration, the New York Times writes.

It add that the position was first established by President Harry Truman in 1951, but that President Richard Nixon did away with the post in 1973, before Congress revived it and created the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Times writes that President Joe Biden appears to be promoting the position, as he has made it a Cabinet-level post. He further has charged his choice for the spot, the Broad Institute's Eric Lander, in a public letter with ensuring scientific advances help all Americans. However, the Times notes that the Biden Administration has also moved ahead with new science initiatives, even as Lander has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, calling into question how involved he might be.

According to Politico, the delay in Lander's confirmation is in part due to concerns about meetings he had in 2012 with the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was charged with sex trafficking before his death. It adds that Lander and the White House say he met Epstein briefly at two events and had no relationship with him.

The Times adds that Lander's confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.