Eric Lander to co-direct Obama advisory council20 Dec 2008
Genome scientist Eric Lander has been appointed co-chair of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology:
[Physicist John] Holdren also will direct the president's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. Joining him as co-chairs will be Nobel Prize-winning scientist Harold Varmus, a former director of the National Institutes of Health, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Eric Lander, a specialist in human genome research.
Lander, who teaches at both MIT and Harvard, founded the Whitehead Institute-MIT Center for Genome Research in 1990, which became part of the Broad Institute in 2003. A leading researcher in the Human Genome Project, he and his colleagues are using the findings to explore the molecular mechanisms behind human disease.
Relevant in view of upcoming policy on genetic information standards and government involvement in personal genomics.