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CDC director leaves fractured legacy

January 10, 2009
by CRAIG SCHNEIDER, JEFFRY SCOTT
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Since President-elect Barack Obama accepted the resignation of the head of the nation's public health agency last week, her admirers and detractors have been arguing about her legacy and the future of the Atlanta-based research center.

During Dr. Julie Gerberding's six years directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, critics lambasted her for sacrificing science for politics, accusing her of carrying the Bush agenda on global warming and other issues into the world of scientific research.

"In the last eight years across the board in government, politics has been trumping science," said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a public health watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.

Levi said he hopes the new administration "returns to science as the basis of policy."

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