By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
The Real Cost of Research – A recent National Academies of Science report held a recommendation for federal grant funds to pay 100% of so-called “indirect costs” or research overhead (everything from the light bill to the lease on the buildings research is done in). Jeffrey Mervis examines this issue and why everyone involved–government, universities, and researchers–should care about indirect costs. (via Science)
Why the Scientist Stereotype is Bad for Everyone, Especially Kids – Do scientists have an image problem? And if so…how should we address it? A non-scientist gives his take on the issue. (by Michael Brooks via Wired)
Regulations for Biosimilars – Generic biologics (drugs based off biological molecules, such as interferon-α or a host of others) will soon be hitting the market as the original biologics patents expire. But the biological properties of these drugs, their complexity, and the difficulties involved in consistently manufacturing them will require them to be regulated more stringently than FDA regulations currently require. (by Lisa A. Haile and Kimberly K. Egan via The Scientist)
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