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With attacks against animal researchers on the rise, three biomedical research groups compiled a guide to scientists for properly responding to requests for data and records while protecting themselves from animal rights activists who may take the information out of context and use it for harassment. Image: Wikimedia commonsAccording to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open record laws, researchers are required to disclose information about federally or state-funded research proj

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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With attacks against animal researchers on the rise, three biomedical research groups compiled a guide to scientists for properly responding to requests for data and records while protecting themselves from animal rights activists who may take the information out of context and use it for harassment.
Image: Wikimedia commons
According to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open record laws, researchers are required to disclose information about federally or state-funded research projects, or studies conducted at public institutions such as state universities. But many researchers don't realize that certain information is exempt from these laws, such as personal and proprietary details, and that such information could be used by animal rights extremists to target the researchers. Personal information is "one of the key things" that researchers must realize is usually irrelevant to a request, said linkurl:Frankie Trull,;http://www.nabr.org/AboutNABR/AskFrankie/tabid/952/BlogID/5/Default.aspx president of the National Association of Biomedical Research (NABR), which worked...
Distribution of targets of illegal actions by animal rights activists
Image: The National Association of Biomedical Research and
the Foundation for Biomedical Research






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