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UK Going Open Access

By | May 3, 2012

The United Kingdom government hatches a plan to provide free public access to government-funded research.

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Illegal Genes

By | April 30, 2012

California mulls a state law that would criminalize the unauthorized sharing, storing, or analyzing of genetic data.

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Obama’s Plan for a Bioeconomy

By | April 27, 2012

The White House announces a strategy to foster development of biological products in fields ranging from medicine to agriculture.

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Gulf Oil Spill Failings

By | April 24, 2012

A marine scientist ponders how academics could have handled the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill better.

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Congress Supports NIH Budget Increase

By | April 23, 2012

Petitions asking for more funding for the federal research agency are gaining bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

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Melting Ice Releases Ancient Microbes

By | April 19, 2012

Living cells escaping from Antarctic glaciers could speed global warming and affect marine life.

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$44 Million Earmarked for Research

By | April 19, 2012

Congress sets aside a large pot of pork-barrel funds for research projects in 2012, but not nearly as much as seen in pre-recession years.

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Flu Review Criticized

By | April 17, 2012

A member of the NSABB biosecurity board that recently reviewed H5N1 data criticizes the process.

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Spotted: Emperor Penguins

By | April 17, 2012

Satellites are used to count the number of penguins living in Antarctica.

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China’s Black Market Stem Cells

By | April 13, 2012

Despite government efforts to ban unapproved stem cell treatments, companies around China still offer them openly.

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