Researchers have called for safeguarding US science and scientific evidence against political interference.Credit: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty

US researchers and science groups appealed to President Joe Biden’s administration last week to protect government science from political interference and to empower federal scientists to speak to the media and public. They made this request during public listening sessions hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) — the first such sessions held since the science office kicked off a massive project to bolster scientific integrity in the federal government.

After four years in which former president Donald Trump’s administration sidelined science and scientists in government decisions, researchers were hopeful that Biden would safeguard independent scientific work and communication. In January, he made…

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