The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology has moved its 2011 meeting from New Orleans to Utah in protest of Louisiana's decision to allow religious materials in science class, but it's too late for the Experimental Biology meeting to do the same, according to organizers. The April Experimental Biology meeting--which includes organizations like the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the American Physiological Society -- is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Peter Farnham, the director of public affairs for ASBMB, said they briefly toyed with the idea of cancelling the meeting, but had already signed a contract to reserve the space. "This legislation in New Orleans got our attention, the problem is that you sign these contracts seven to 10 years out," he said. SICB had more leeway because they had not...
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