Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 23, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: October 23, 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.


Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has expressed hesitation on providing mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health but has not ruled it out.

Mandatory Spending for NIH Could Mar Senate Medical Bill (Morning Consult)

How NIH Funding Got Caught in a Budget Battle (National Journal)


Academia, big pharma find collaboration fruitful ( With diminishing federal funding available to support biomedical research, academic researchers strengthen partnerships with industry.


NIH-built toolset helps researchers share and compare data (GCN) The NIH has developed a system called the Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System. BRICS is a set of software computing tools which facilitate sharing and comparison analysis of data.


Congress must commit to science funding in budget talks ( University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers, Louis Justement and Mary-Ann Bjornsti, call for commitment to scientific research from policymakers.


Korea, U.S. to launch precision medicine cohort (Korea Herald) The Korean National Cancer Center joined efforts with the NIH to cooperate on U.S. President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.


Chinese researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to produce heavily muscled dogs.

Genetically Engineered Dogs (The Scientist)

First Gene-Edited Dogs Reported in China (Technology Reviews)

Researchers create dogs with double muscle mass (Digital Journal)

Ethics debate on gene-editing (Standard-Times)


Researchers identify potential alternative to CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools (

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