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Med. school-industry links revealed

By | October 22, 2007

Financial relationships between industry and the nation's medical schools and large teaching hospitals are widespread, according to a linkurl:study;http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/15/1779 published in the October 17 issue of JAMA. This may not be surprising to some, but this the first study to quantify the prevalence of such relationships in the country's academic medical institutions. Researchers and physicians from Mass. General Hospital, the University of Michigan, and the

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More good news for pygmy rabbits

By | October 22, 2007

Last month, a linkurl:judge ruled;http://www.westernwatersheds.org/legal/07/pygmy/pygmysjorder.pdf that the US Fish and Wildlife Service had to revisit a 2004 decision denying pygmy rabbits outside of the Columbia River basin protection under the Endangered Species Act. I wrote about linkurl: efforts to save the Columbia basin rabbits;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53232/ in our June issue; such rabbits have been listed as endangered since 2003. The ruling was in response to a sui

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No protection for giant spitting earthworm

By | October 22, 2007

Earlier this month, the US Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection under the Endangered Species Act to the giant Palouse earthworm. I can't describe the linkurl:Driloleirus americanus;http://www.ag.uidaho.edu/news/Photos/giantPalouseearthworm/smoot%20p%205%20sp%202%20ventral.jpg any better than "worm defender" Steve Paulson did in the High Country News linkurl:last year: ;http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=16643 ''What kid wouldn't want to play with a 3-foot-long, lily-smelli

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Senate open access mandate at risk

By | October 22, 2007

The open access movement will take a hit if two amendments are voted into a bill currently on the Senate floor. The two amendments were filed in the Senate on Friday to either strike or modify language from a Senate appropriations bill that would require NIH-funded research to be made publicly available. The provisions are part of the Senate appropriations bill for 2008, which totals about $150 billion in funding for the departments of Health and Human Services and Education. This bill, if pas

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Sense prevails on MRI rules

By | October 22, 2007

Scientists in Europe have been expressing linkurl:relief;http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/oct/22/medicalresearch.health this week at the news that the European Union is dropping rules on the levels of radiation medical staff can be exposed to. The EU physical agents directive had triggered linkurl:consternation;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22775/ a couple of years ago, with researchersworried it would be impossible to do certain kinds of studies and keep within the prescri

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CSHL suspends Watson's duties

By | October 19, 2007

In a linkurl:statement;http://www.cshl.edu/public/releases/07_statement2.html issued tonight, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees said that they had "decided to suspend the administrative responsibilities of Chancellor James D. Watson, Ph.D., pending further deliberation by the Board." This follows their harsh response to his comments in the Sunday Times that he believed people of African descent are less intelligent, as Alison McCook linkurl:wrote;http://www.the-scientist.com/b

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Watson cancels book tour

By | October 19, 2007

According to the Science Media Center in the UK, James Watson has cancelled all his remaining speaking engagements in the UK and will be returning to the US, in the aftermath of the linkurl:uproar;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53714/ created by his linkurl:comments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ on race and intelligence. In today's news reports, Watson appears almost befuddled by the words that came out of his mouth. "I am mortified about what has happened," Watso

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Senate drops stem cell provision; OA likely to pass

By | October 18, 2007

The US Senate dropped language from a bill yesterday that would have directed federal money to research on stem cell lines derived before June 15, 2007, the linkurl:Chronicle of Higher Education;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3262/senate-removes-stem-cell-provision-opposed-by-bush-from-spending-bill reported. The move was made in hopes to avert a presidential veto over the stem cell provision. The language was part of a Senate Appropriations Committee budget measure for 2008, proposed in Jun

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UC rejects tobacco money ban

By | October 18, 2007

The University of California finally made the decision to allow researchers to accept funding from tobacco companies last month, the Sacramento Bee linkurl:reported;http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/391011.html . As I linkurl:wrote;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/44525/ in January, the issue had been brewing since 2004, when several UC campuses voted not to accept funding from tobacco companies, falling in line with several other prominent research institutions. The university has accep

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Watson faces harsh criticisms

By | October 18, 2007

James Watson is coming under fire for telling the Sunday Times that he believed people of African descent are less intelligent. Yesterday (October 17), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (where Watson is Chancellor) Board of Trustees and President Bruce Stillman released a statement distancing the center from one of its most vocal representatives. Watson's comments "are his own personal statements and in no way reflect the mission, goals, or principles of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's

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