Inhumane or Unavoidable?

June 17, 2019

As Congress scrutinizes an increase in monkey research, scientists defend its necessity

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The Trump administration announced Wednesday that the federal government would sharply curtail federal spending on medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses, mainly by ending fetal-tissue research within the National Institutes of Health

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It barred the FDA from considering any clinical trial application “in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.” Although a different “rider” bars the NIH from funding human germline editing—or the genetic modification of sperm, eggs, or embryos

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The All of Us study run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has recruited 143,000 participants who have already taken surveys and visited a clinic to give blood and urine samples. Another 87,000 have at least registered for the study

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Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health will have access to health information from tribe members

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Jonathan Moreno writes, “Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed an apparent reluctance among the U.S. government agencies that fund neuroscience to be associated with projects that explicitly describe work on the nature of consciousness…”

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One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding

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A newly released letter from a government watchdog has shed a little light on an ongoing U.S. government effort to scrutinize federally funded biomedical research for potentially problematic foreign involvement

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