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Science Policy Around the Web – March 14, 2012

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By: Science Policy For All Contributors

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

111 Organizations Call for Synthetic Biology Moratorium – A coalition of environmental, watchdog, and social justice organizations have issued a position paper calling for a complete moratorium on synthetic biology activities.  The link in the article to the report seems misdirected, but the original position paper can be found here.  (by Elizabeth Pennisi via ScienceOnline)

UK medical research in jeopardy due to animal import boycott – Another article on this topic reiterated that only two airlines (which have circuitous routes that extend shipping times and thus animal stress) are now carrying research animals into the UK.  This is particularly bad news for anyone who needs to import a transgenic animal (animal with a particular genetic background of interest in studying certain diseases) that might only be available from a non-UK source.  (by Maria Cheng via the Associated Press)

Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists? – An excellent question, given the dearth of scientists in Congress.  John Allen Paulos suggests that one reason is “that an abstract, scientific approach to problems and issues often leads to conclusions that are at odds with religious and cultural beliefs and scientists are sometimes tone-deaf to the social environment in which they state their conclusions. A more politically sensitive approach to problems and issues, on the other hand, often leads to positions that simply don’t jibe with the facts, no matter how delicately phrased.”  This article touches on the odd love-hate relationship Americans have with scientists.  (via the New York Times)

Have an interesting science policy link to share?  Let us know in the comments!

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March 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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