TS Picks: November 7, 2014

Trouble obtaining Ebola samples; Republicans take over Congressional science committees; postdoc participation

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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  • To better understand and treat Ebola, researchers need access to the virus. Unfortunately, many seem to be having trouble getting their hands on live samples, Reuters reported, most likely due to concerns about the safe transport of the deadly virus. “All the companies working on vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments are complaining about lack of access to [Ebola] samples,” Laurie Garrett, the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, told Reuters.
  • In the wake of Tuesday’s US election, the new Republican majority in the US Senate will appoint new chairs for committee that oversee research in the country, ScienceInsider reported. Expected appointments include Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS) for the Appropriations Committee, with either him or Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) expected to head up the subcommittee that oversees the National Science Foundation,...

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