Science policy news: weekly roundup: December 11, 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 smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

 

Senate passes five-day stopgap to keep government open (Politico) The U. S. Senate passed a continuing resolution on Thursday to fund federal agencies for five days. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to follow suit today. The CR provides Congress additional time to finish budget negotiations.

 

Summit Urges Caution But Doesn’t Rule Out Future Gene Editing Of Human Embryos (C & E News) The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine hosted an international summit last week on human gene editing. At the conclusion of the summit, the organizing committee announced that they would urge caution to scientists pursuing human gene editing but no moratorium would be called for.

 

This Could Be the End of Malaria as We Know It (Fortune) Scientists report that use of CRISPR technology could be used to end the spread of malaria by genetically modifying the Anopheles gambiae mosquito.

 

Biologists lose out in post-PhD earnings analysis (Nature) New biology Ph.D. graduates make on average $36,000 per year while mathematics, computer sciences and engineering Ph.D. graduates make $65,000.

 

Personalized Medicine: A Faustian Bargain? (Scientific American) The hefty price tags that are likely to be associated with personalized medicine treatments leave some concerned about who will have access.

 

The truth about fetal tissue research (Nature) Scientists using fetal tissue for HIV and development research say there is no substitute.

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