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Biden Nominates New Science Advisor
If the Senate confirms her appointment, Arati Prabhakar will become the first woman, person of color, and immigrant to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Biden Nominates New Science Advisor
Biden Nominates New Science Advisor

If the Senate confirms her appointment, Arati Prabhakar will become the first woman, person of color, and immigrant to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

If the Senate confirms her appointment, Arati Prabhakar will become the first woman, person of color, and immigrant to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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China-US Climate Collaboration Ended Due to Security Concerns
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 12, 2022 | 3 min read
Texas A&M cited potential foreign interference when explaining why it shut down a jointly run modeling laboratory.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 1, 2022 | 3 min read
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Robert Califf Confirmed to Lead FDA
Shawna Williams | Feb 15, 2022 | 1 min read
A narrow Senate vote ends a 13-month period during which the agency has lacked a permanent commissioner.
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Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time
Chloe Tenn | Nov 12, 2021 | 2 min read
The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.
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US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 9, 2021 | 2 min read
The legislation, which now heads to the House, aims to ensure the country can compete with China technologically by supporting research and development over the next five years.
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Ashley Yeager | Feb 28, 2020 | 4 min read
Administration officials have given contradictory statements about how COVID-19 will affect the US, and it is not clear who is leading the infectious disease response effort, critics say.
US Senators Call for International Guidelines for Germline Editing
Jef Akst | Jul 16, 2019 | 2 min read
In the wake of reports of CRISPRed babies born in China, a bipartisan resolution “opposes the experiments that resulted in pregnancies using genome-edited human embryos.”
NIH Raises Concerns About Foreign Influence in Biomedical Research
Catherine Offord | Feb 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Information made public by US Senator Chuck Grassley reveals that a handful of allegations have recently been referred to federal investigators.
How the Midterm Elections’ Results Affect Science
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 7, 2018 | 2 min read
The Democrats’ takeover of the House inspires hope for science-based policies, but voters struck down several ballot initiatives to counteract climate change.
Scientists Win First-Time Runs for Congress, Senate
Catherine Offord | Nov 7, 2018 | 9 min read
The midterm elections flip several House seats in favor of Democratic candidates with STEM backgrounds.
Congress Considers Endangered Species Act Amendments
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2018 | 2 min read
Opponents of the proposal call the changes a “wildlife extinction package.”
US Senate Passes Spending Bill Granting NIH $39.1 Billion
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 27, 2018 | 2 min read
Alzheimer’s disease will receive $2.3 billion, the biggest chunk of change devoted to one of the NIH’s various interests.
Trump Nominates Scott Hutchins for USDA Top Scientist
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 18, 2018 | 1 min read
A pesticide industry leader, Hutchins was formerly president of the Entomological Society of America.
Senate, House Propose Funding Boosts for US Science Agencies
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 17, 2018 | 1 min read
NASA, NSF, and NIH are expected to receive higher financial backing for the 2019 fiscal year, going above and beyond the President’s proposed budget.  
NIH Funding Boost Clears Senate Committee
Shawna Williams | Sep 6, 2017 | 1 min read
The proposed spending increase in the draft bill is more generous than that in the House version.
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Catherine Offord | Aug 4, 2017 | 2 min read
The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.
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Price was asked about alleged conflicts of interest, whether he supports Medicare negotiating drug prices, and how he intends to replace the Affordable Care Act.
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US government contemplates public health funding; World Health Organization advises summer Olympics attendees
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