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HIPAA hinders studies, researchers say

By | November 16, 2007

Laws intended to protect patient privacy are a hindrance to research, according to a linkurl:study;http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/298/18/2164 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nearly 70 percent of 1,527 epidemiologists surveyed by the study author said that the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has made research more difficult since its enactment in 2003. Study author Roberta Ness, from the University of Pittsburgh, told linkurl:The

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Will epigeneticist make Person of the Year?

By | November 16, 2007

It's not every year you read "epigenetics" in a linkurl:nomination;http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1682261,00.html for __Time's__ Person of the Year. Duke professor linkurl:Randy Jirtle;http://www.geneimprint.com/lab/ sent an email this week to __The Scientist's__ former intern Kelly Chi, letting her know that he had been nominated for __Time Magazine's__ Person of the Year. Jirtle told me over the phone this morning that he was surprised and honored, but wasn't positive why Nor

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Researchers clone primate embryos

By | November 14, 2007

Scientists in Oregon claim to have successfully produced rhesus macaque embryos using somatic cell nuclear transfer with egg and skin cells taken from adult monkeys. __The Scientist__ first linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53290/ on this back in June when the head of the research team, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, presented the results at a stem cell meeting in Australia. The paper is published online today (November 14) on linkurl:Nature's;http://www.nature.com/nature/index.h

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Uniform grant progress reports?

By | November 14, 2007

The NSF is looking to save researchers time and effort by creating one standard progress report form for all granting agencies. Currently each agency has its own interim report form. While agencies like the EPA or the NIH use different language to ask about scientific progress, they generally collect very similar information. The government estimates the new form will take scientists anywhere from 5 to 16 hours to complete, depending on the research project. One rationale for using a single onl

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Why our UNH coverage may seem one-sided

By | November 14, 2007

In July, we ran a story about John Collins, chair of the University of New Hampshire biochemistry department who had been arrested for disorderly conduct. His accuser -- Stacia Sower, dean of research -- subsequently filed for a restraining order against Collins, after he had been banned from campus by the university. You can read more of the details on the incident linkurl:here;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53383/ . Last month, I linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog

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Bush vetoes NIH funding bill

By | November 13, 2007

This morning (November 13), President Bush vetoed a bill aiming to linkurl:increase;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/45169/ 2008 NIH funding by $1.4 billon, from $28.6 billion linkurl:in 2007;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/49077/ to $30 billion next year. The bill outlined a total of $150.7 billion which includes funding for the departments of Labor and Education. Bush previously threatened to veto the bill, which both houses of Congress linkurl:passed;http://www.the-scientis

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Media bungles open access details

By | November 13, 2007

Several news outlets keep misreporting the public access mandate of a congressional funding bill. As open access blogger Peter Suber linkurl:posted;http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2007/11/more-jam-about-nih-policy.html last week, Nature News, linkurl:The Washington Post;http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/31/AR2007103102668.html , the blog linkurl:Slashdot;http://science.slashdot.org/science/07/11/07/2318208.shtml, and several others all reported that a provision in

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Astronomy blog wins contest

By | November 9, 2007

The linkurl:votes;http://2007.weblogawards.org/polls/best-science-blog-1.php are in, and linkurl:Bad Astronomy,;http://www.badastronomy.com/ a site maintained by erstwhile astronomer Phil Plait, has just barely won the 2007 Weblog Award for Best Science Blog. Bad Astronomy beat out linkurl:Climate Audit,;http://www.climateaudit.org/ a site that frequently posts entries downplaying human contributions to climate change, by only 0.1% or 45 votes. The final days of voting were marked by a linkurl:

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Congress passes NIH budget boosting bill

By | November 9, 2007

Last night (November 8th) the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill aiming to linkurl:increase;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/45169/ NIH funding from $28.6 billion linkurl:this year;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/49077/ to $30 billion next year. Jon Retzlaff, spokesperson for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), said he expects President Bush to linkurl:veto;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53366/ the bill when it lands on h

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Britain screens foreign scientists

By | November 8, 2007

The British government has added new requirements for visa applicants, which some say will restrict the flow of talented researchers into the country. All visa applicants from outside of European Economic Area and Switzerland who want to study toward a masters or PhD in fields like biology, botany and veterinary sciences, to name a few, will have to obtain an additional certification called the linkurl:Academic Technology Approval Scheme;http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xc

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