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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Varmus to lead Obama's science advisory council

Harold Varmus, co-founder of the Public Library of Science and former director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to co-chair the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. (Thanks to Heather Joseph.)

The other co-chair will be Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute. Lander was also a lead researcher in the Human Genome Project.

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Comment. This puts a strong voice for OA inside the Executive Office of the President. Varmus is one of the most high-profile advocates of OA, including of the role of government in providing OA, notably as a signatory on the Nobelist letters supporting the NIH policy. Both the Human Genome Project and the Broad Institute are practitioners of open data.

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