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Ups, Downs, and In Between

After she cleared out of her office, Anne Glover, the now-former science advisor to the European Commission, said her tenure there included "the good, the bad, and the ugly," as ScienceInsider reports.

She noted her frustration with those opposed to genetically modified crops, especially those who had argued that she was biased and called for her position to be eliminated. In the briefing, Glover said that she "can't invent balance" when the scientific evidence is clear.

Glover also, ScienceInsider reports, said that if she were to do it again, that she would set up clearer expectations about how her office would interact with the rest of the commission. "I sort of expected everyone would turn up and say 'a science adviser: How will that help me?'" Glover said. Instead, she noted that "a lot of people thought: 'Why do we need a science advisor?'"

Jean-Claude Juncker, the new commission president, eliminated Glover's position in November.