News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Mark Walport

U.K. Science Adviser Faces Emotionally Charged Issues and Uncertain Science

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Science  25 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6157, pp. 412
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6157.412

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Since becoming the U.K. government's chief science adviser in April, Mark Walport, 60, has had to untangle some knotty scientific problems for Prime Minister David Cameron and his Cabinet, from interpreting the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to weighing conflicting evidence on whether badgers spread tuberculosis to cattle. The medical scientist and former director of the Wellcome Trust, the United Kingdom's main biomedical research foundation, spoke with Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt and U.K. Deputy News Editor Daniel Clery about the challenges of bridging the gap between politicians and scientists.