Science policy

For 'Biosimilars,' Weighing Innovation vs. Access

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Last summer, the group representing major research universities endorsed legislation that sought to balance the interests of drug makers and the scientists whose work can translate into new advances in medicine. At least one group, however, is sounding the alarm that the bill would make it more difficult to bring cheap, generic drugs to the market -- at the expense of both American consumers and people in developing countries.

Defending the Fruit Flies from Sarah Palin

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The Republican campaign has moved beyond mocking research on bear DNA to attacking a new research earmark -- and some scientists have had enough.

A Piece of the Stimulus Pie

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With U.S. government planning massive infusion of funds to spur economy, college groups offer ideas, common and conflicting, for how higher ed can help the country (and vice versa).

U.S. Science is Lagging Internationally -- But How, Exactly?

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Many countries are outpacing the United States in producing natural scientists and engineers -- but most are doing so because they're graduating more people, period, study finds.

Sorting Out the Stimulus

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As Senate and President Obama offer details on their packages, Republicans question whether spending on education and aid to states will stimulate economy.

Downturn in Federal Research Spending

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New U.S. data show agencies' spending on R&D declined in 2008 and that funds for basic studies have fallen by average of nearly 2 percent a year since 2004.

Stopping the Clock ... on Grants

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Congresswoman wants to use federal research agencies to promote advancement of women in university science departments.

Plenty of Pork

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As White House defends itself against cries of hypocrisy, colleges prepare to benefit from hundreds of millions in earmarked projects from lawmakers.

Funding Science, Smartly

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As House appropriators examine boom in federal research money and foresee more, they weigh priorities and techniques for avoiding mistakes of the past.

Obama's Pledge to Science

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President Obama on Monday made good on his campaign promise to lift the restrictions imposed by President George W. Bush on federal support for stem cell research. At the same time, the president issued a strong statement on the importance of protecting science from political interference -- and pledged that his administration's policies would be based on sound scientific advice and would not impose ideological tests on researchers.

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