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Diversity tops agenda for chief US science adviser

Image: Casey Atkins Photography, via the Broad Institute

Eric Lander acknowledges US science and technology has been “unwelcoming” to underrepresented groups

The top science adviser to the US president has put diversity at the heart of his agenda after he was sworn in as the new chief of the White House science and technology office.

“Science and technology have too often been unwelcoming or inaccessible to many Americans, due to their gender, race, resources or geography,” Eric Lander said on 2 June in his first statement as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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