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WASHINGTON — When President Biden tapped Eric Lander as White House science adviser in January 2021, he tasked the renowned genomics researcher with “reinvigorating” American science.

Following Lander’s stunning resignation on Monday evening, however, the question is no longer whether he’ll reinvigorate the U.S. scientific enterprise. It’s whether he’s derailed it.


In a resignation letter, Lander apologized to White House science staff for the workplace-abuse scandal that caused his downfall, admitting he “caused hurt to past and present colleagues for the way in which I have spoken to them.”

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