By: Jennifer Plank
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade – A conservation NGO, Mundo Azul, has suggested that the demand for shark meat is leading the yearly slaughter of over 15,000 dolphins near Peru alone. The dolphin skin is harvested for shark bait. Hunting dolphins in Peru has been illegal since 1996, but the law is rarely enforced. Over 30 NGOs have joined together signing a petition asking the Peruvian government to investigate the dolphin killings. The Peruvian government has agreed to do so by June 2014. (Alexis Manning)
Obama Urges More Education Spending, Calls for ‘Political Courage in Washington’ – President Obama has called for Congress to increase the amount of money dedicated to education. In FY2014 budget proposed by Obama, he called for spending cuts to entitlement programs, increased spending for education, biomedical research, and transportation projects, and a decrease in tax cuts for wealthy Americans. (Scott Wilson)
Researchers Spar Over Tests for Breast Cancer Risks – At the American Society for Human Genetics annual meeting, a heated debate arose over genetic testing for breast cancer genes. Using BRCA1 and BRCA2 sequences to analyze risks for breast cancer has been well established, however, many other genetic loci are associated with developing breast cancer. A new set of tests BROCA, tests for BRCA mutations and also sequences 38 other breast cancer associated genes. Since the other genes do not have as clear of link to breast cancer, many in the field think a positive result will result in patients taking drastic and unnecessary measures. (Jocelyn Kaiser)
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