Biology

House Panel Backs NIH Extension

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Committee passes bill that would aim for 5% increases for biomedical research, but rebuffs effort to raise that ceiling.

Did Peter Singer Back Animal Research?

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No, but the intellectual father of animal rights admitted the possibility that some experiments might be justified.

Professor's Hunger Strike Ultimatum

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A professor who was denied tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has vowed to start a hunger strike on February 5 outside the provost's office.

"I will either see the provost resign and my hard-earned tenure granted at MIT, or I will die defiantly right outside his office," James L. Sherley, who teaches biological engineering, wrote in a letter to colleagues that he provided to Inside Higher Ed. While not commenting directly on Sherley's claims, MIT issued a statement that he has been treated fairly.

Stem Cell Silence

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The University of Minnesota resists playing in a cultural tug of war -- yet is squarely stuck in the middle.

Calculating the Tobacco Taint

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U. of Virginia researchers aim to prevent teen smoking -- with $25 million gift from Philip Morris. Does the end justify the means?

Stem Cell Policy Impedes Research, NIH Chief Says

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Key senator applauds Zerhouni's "courageous" statement criticizing White House's 2001 policy.

Name-Calling and a Canceled Lecture

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Prominent scientist blames Alan Dershowitz for getting his appearance at Harvard called off.

Why Women Leave Academic Medicine

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Plenty of female basic scientists earn Ph.D.'s and start careers on medical school faculties, but barriers and unrealistic expectations make them flee in droves before they reach the pinnacle.

Under the Microscope

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Texas A&M case involving late reporting of injuries to researchers has intensified attention paid to biolab safety.

The Federal Role in Biolab Oversight

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GAO official and House subcommittee chairman cite dangers of adding more biodefense labs without increasing the capability to monitor them.

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