By: Jennifer Plank
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Agency Moves to Retire Most Research Chimps – An NIH council unanimously recommended that most of the 451 chimpanzees used for biomedical research should be retired and moved to sanctuaries. The recommendations will be open for public commentary for 60 days. Following this time period, the NIH director Francis Collins will decide whether to implement the recommendations. The council recommends that a small colony of approximately 50 chimps be maintained for future research. (James Gorman)
Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obama stem cell policy – The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a case challenging the president’s policy to expand government funded stem cell research. The case began in 2010 when a federal judge required the NIH to halt funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Last year, an appeals court overturned the ruling. The plaintiffs in lawsuit, Dr. James Sherley and Dr. Theresa Deisher, then appealed to the Supreme Court in fall 2012. The Supreme Court justices denied the case without comment. (David G. Savage)
Work results on lethal flu strains – A year ago, scientists agreed to halt research producing deadly strains of the H1N5 avian flu virus. The conflict began over whether it was safe to publish 2 papers in which several mutations were introduced in the H1N5 genome to allow the virus to spread among ferrets. In a letter published in Nature, the 40 scientists involved in the research claimed the moratorium has served its purpose and allowed the proper authorities to review the conditions under which the research will be conducted. (Declan Butler)
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