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Science policy news weekly roundup: August 12, 2016

  If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. What’s new in Blotter news?  NIH proposes stipend increase for Kirchstein awards in late 2016   The politics of Zika funding continue well into Congress’ recess. Democrats remain intent on keeping the funding issue for this potential public…

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NIH proposes stipend increase for Kirschstein awards in late 2016

  On Monday, the National Institutes of Health proposed increasing the Kirchstein postdoc fellowship stipend in late 2016. As we previously reported here, the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year revised its paid overtime rule.  The revision sets the new salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime at $47,476 per year, a much-needed increase…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: August 5, 2016

  If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.   What’s new in Blotter news?  NIH lifts funding ban on human chimera research   The threat of the Zika virus continues to grow as the state of Florida experiences the first United States locally infected through mosquito…

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NIH lifts funding ban on human chimera research

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday announced that it will fund human-animal chimera research – but with restrictions. Last year the NIH released notice NOT-OD-15-158, which effectively stalled all new NIH-funded research in which human stem cells were being introduced into nonhuman vertebrate embryos.   While human cells have been routinely inserted into animals (such…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: July 29, 2016

If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. With more than 3 months left until the general election, both Democrats and Republicans move to elevate the importance of research funding.  However, neither party’s presidential candidate has made any substantial emphasis during his or her campaign speeches that…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: July 22, 2016

If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. The Republican National Convention was held this week and if its speakers are any indication the platform moving forward for the party may be one of anti-science.  Newly minted vice presidential candidate Mike Pence brings to the presidential ticket…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: July 15, 2016

  If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.   The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill.  The legislation includes a $1.25 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health though additions that defund sections in…

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Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate…

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The NIH updates its parental leave policy for Kirschstein awardees

  The National Institutes of Health’s Health Resources and Services Administration last month modified the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards’ parental leave policy, making all award recipients eligible for leave regardless of grantee organizations’ internal policies for individuals in similar positions. Notice NOT-OD-16-105 said: Current policy allows trainees on institutional research training grants (T32, T34,…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: July 8, 2016

Science policy news weekly roundup: July 8, 2016   If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. The White House this week moved forward with its Precision Medicine Initiative with the announcement of a $55 million push by the National Institutes of Health to study the factors…