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Geneticist new State Dept. advisor

Nina Fedoroff will promote science in foreign policy

Bob Grant
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Pennsylvania State University geneticist Nina Fedoroff, who next week will assume the position of science and technology advisor to the US Secretary of State, told The Scientist that she will use her new position to inject science into US foreign policy decisions and to encourage more international scientific collaboration.
Fedoroff, who studies plant stress response, transposons, and epigenetic mechanisms at Penn State's Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, was appointed by current Secretary Condoleezza Rice and will serve in the position for three years. She will become only the third person, and the first woman, to take the post since it was created in 2000, and she says that she's ready for the challenge."I think I've spent my life preparing for it," Fedoroff said. "Accurate information and good scientific information are enormously important ingredients of developing international policy."Fedoroff enters her new job at the State Department at a...

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