“You have been criticized for downplaying the contributions of the female Nobel laureates I just mentioned, for toasting a racist, misogynistic antisemite [James Watson], and for attending lunch meetings with the late, disgraced Jeffrey Epstein,” Duckworth said. Lander clearly anticipated that line of questioning. He admitted error for toasting Watson, said any downplaying of Doudna and Charpentier’s roles in developing CRISPR technology was inadvertent, and emphasized that his connection to Epstein was passing. He also touted his strong support of women in science. Lander said he would work to increase the number of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM careers by 50% and promised to appoint a diverse slate of people to the OSTP and PCAST.
by Melba Newsome, special to C&EN |
May 05, 2021