Science policy news: weekly roundup: November 20, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: November 20, 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.


The National Institutes of Health will retire their 50 remaining chimpanzees that were held in reserve for public health research emergencies.

NIH’s Last 50 Chimpanzees Are Retiring (NBC News)

Retirement for All NIH Chimps (The Scientist)

N.I.H. to End Backing for Invasive Research on Chimps (The New York Times)

NIH to Retire All Research Chimpanzees (Scientific American)

NIH to retire all research chimpanzees (Nature)

NIH ends era of U.S. medical research on chimpanzees (The Washington Post)


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals mailed letters to neighbors of NIH Director Francis Collins outlining accusations of involvement in unethical animal experiments.

Animal rights group targets NIH director’s home (Science Insider)

PETA letter-writing campaign against researchers gets too personal (


New data show that underrepresented minorities are still less likely to receive biomedical research funding from the NIH.

NIH program fails to launch blacks in biotech (Science)

Racial bias continues to haunt NIH grants (Nature)


Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a technique to improve the accuracy of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

New technique improves accuracy of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system (News Medical)

Technology developed at UMass Medical School vastly improves CRISPR/Cas9 accuracy (EurekAlert!)


Google Aims a $50 Million Moonshot at Curing Heart Disease (WIRED) Google Life Sciences and the American Heart Association will award a $50 million grant to one laboratory in hopes of curing coronary heart disease.


United Kingdom needs a science funding czar, report says (Science Insider) The Conservative Party of the United Kingdom introduced a 4-year spending plan that could increase efficiency of their science funding by creating an organization to coordinate and support their 7 research councils.

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