To ring out 2004, The Scientist revisited several of the year's best read stories.

Uneasy quiet on the protest front

In the month or so since Oxford University won an injunction against animal rights activists, the level of protest activity at the university has been pretty subdued. As of today (December 20), the university hadn't "had any issues," said a university spokeswoman. "Protest levels have been relatively low," although there's a bigger one planned for the end of January. That's a far cry from the situation back in June, when protesters succeeded in halting construction of a planned animal research lab at the university by harassing the main contractor, Walter Lilly, until it withdrew from the job.

The subsequent injunction was seen by British scientists as a victory in an ongoing battle with extremist elements in the animal rights movement. It forbids certain named individuals and groups who were involved...

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