Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 16, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 16, 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.

Ethical concerns surround CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in humans.

As genome editing research expands, scientists debate its promise and drawbacks (Tampa Bay Times)

How far should scientists go in gene editing? (Orange County Register)

Join the debate around genome editing (Open Democracy)


Major grant in limbo, NIH revisits ethics of animal-human chimeras (Science) The National Institutes of Health suspended funding for animal-human chimeras and called for a meeting on Nov 6 between bioethicists and scientists to discuss the ethical questions surrounding chimera research.


The average age of physician-scientists receiving their first grant has increased over time and fewer doctors now consider research their primary focus. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is concerned how this will affect the future of research.

Drop off feared in the number of physicians conducting research (EurekAlert!)

Are physician-scientists becoming an endangered species? (Health Care Business)


Planned Parenthood announced that they will no longer receive payment for fetal tissue resources.

Congressional scrutiny of fetal tissue research threatens work at UConn, Yale (The CT Mirror)

Planned Parenthood Will Cover Cost of Fetal Tissue Programs (Huffington Post)

Planned Parenthood to stop receiving payments for fetal tissue (Washington Examiner)


Rigor and reproducibility: A recent study finds randomization and power analysis are rarely reported in high-impact journals.

New studies cast further doubt on scientific standards (Times Higher Education)

Risk of Bias in Reports of In Vivo Research: A Focus for Improvement (PLOS Biology)

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