Update
US weighs biodefense measures
Ted Agres | Dec 4, 2005
The US Senate plans to offer new incentives to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to develop more vaccines, drugs, and countermeasures against a range of pathogens.
Italian academics protest reforms
Marta Paterlini | Dec 4, 2005
Last month, the Italian Parliament approved a debated reform proposed by University and Research Minister Letizia Moratti that eliminates permanent contracts for all but professors and establishes a national exam for those who wish to qualify as a professor.
Acrylamide study sparks German debate
Ned Stafford | Dec 4, 2005
that implied levels of the carcinogen acrylamide in the body might not be as strongly influenced by consumption of acrylamide-containing food as is currently believed.
US animal lab limit dropped
Graciela Flores | Dec 4, 2005
The US Senate recently dropped a proposed amendment from the Agriculture Appropriations Bill to restrict research institutions from purchasing laboratory animals from Class B dealers.
Aussie job cuts worry scientists
Stephen Pincock | Dec 4, 2005
Australia's major government science body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), plans to cut up to 25% of its research support staff during the next three years to save about $30 million (Australian) per year.
Ethiopian biotech institute planned
Wagdy Sawahel | Dec 4, 2005
Ethiopia plans to open its first Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute (ABRI) by next year.
Korean stem cells are not for everyone
Melissa Lee Phillips | Nov 20, 2005
Scientists in countries with the most restrictive policies on research cloning may not be able to take advantage of the international consortium based in South Korea, which was hailed last month as a means to provide stem cells to researchers living in restrictive environments.
Concerns over new EU ethics panel
Xavier Bosch | Nov 20, 2005
A fight has erupted over the composition of an influential European ethics panel that advises the government on science and technology, with some arguing that new nominations were based on political and religious considerations, not ability or experience.
Will open access work?
Stephen Pincock | Oct 23, 2005
A new report on open-access publishing released earlier this month has raised concerns about peer review, the standard of editing, and the financial future of some open-access journals.
US societies reverse rules on Iranians
John Dudley Miller | Oct 23, 2005
Two American academic societies have recently reversed their policies toward Iranian scientists.