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Science Policy Around the Web – May 5, 2014

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By: Tara Burke

Photo credit: Novartis AG via photo pin cc

Photo credit: Novartis AG via photo pin cc

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

UK proposes greater transparency on animal research – The government of the United Kingdom wants to drop rules that prevent release of any confidential information on animal research. This is part of a continuing push towards openness about such research methods. Animal-rights groups have complained about these rules for years. If this rule is repealed it would help to maintain the public trust about research activities being performed in the UK. If implemented, the names and locations of animal research would be kept out of the public domain. This anonymity was important to researchers who feared their safety from extremist animal rights protestors. To further protect researchers, the government is also considering creating a new criminal offense of ‘malicious disclosure’ of animal research information. This is aimed at preventing attempts by anti-research extremists to ‘out’ researchers online. (Daniel Cressey)

White House Science Adviser Criticizes FIRST Act – John Holdren, The White House science adviser, expressed the first public reaction from the White House to the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, a 2-year reauthorization of NSF programs. Holdren, whose views are in line with most academic leaders, commented that FIRST would “have an extraordinary unfortunate effect” on the NSF, a $7 billion research agency. The FIRST act worries leaders of the scientific community because it shifts the NSF’s focus from funding the best basic research across all areas of science and engineering to more applied research. Holden argues FIRST would narrow the focus of NSF to science applied to various national interests other than simply advancing the progress of science.  FIRST is expected to be approved this month by the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Jeffrey Mervis)

Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don’t work: WHO – In an attempt to alert all countries around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that antibiotic resistance has developed in all parts of the world. WHO stresses that this problem is so serious it could threaten the achievements of modern medicine. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, said that the international community needs to take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections. He also stresses that there needs to be changes in how antibiotics are prescribed, produced and used. (Lenny Bernstein)

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May 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

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