Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 9, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 9, 2015

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

Scientists convened this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss ethical concerns regarding CRISP-Cas9 genome editing.

Science Would Like Some Rules for Genome Editing, Please (WIRED)

The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong (WIRED)

Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics (


Diversity lags in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

National Institutes of Health addresses the science of diversity (PNAS)

Biomedical startups lack women (Minnesota Daily)


A recent study confirmed biomedical research advances are slow and built on a broad base of scientific knowledge. All scientists everywhere nod heads in agreement.

Finding cures for diseases can take up to a century (Health 24)

Change the Course of Biomedical History (Washington Monthly)


Lorenz Studer, who received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, hopes to treat Parkinson’s patients with stem cell neuron transplants.

Ask a MacArthur genius: Can transplanted brain cells cure Parkinson’s? (The Washington Post)


The National Institutes of Health to dedicate $10M from the Common Fund for research to analyze, synthesize and characterize glycans.

NIH Dedicates Funds to Carbohydrate Science (BioPharm International)

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