Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016

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 U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden with leading an initiative to cure cancer.

President Obama Taps Biden To Eradicate Cancer In State Of The Union Speech (Forbes)

Predictable NIH funding critical for cancer ‘moon shot:’ advocates (Washington Examiner)

Vice President Biden will head pursuit of cancer cure (USA Today)

Obama’s Anti-Cancer Moonshot Will Need More Than Research (WIRED)

‘Moonshot’ to Cure Cancer, to Be Led by Biden, Relies on Outmoded View of Disease (The New York Times)

The Cancer Moonshot: Ready, Willing and Able (Huffington Post)


The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill. The National Institutes of Health is set to receive a $2 billion budget increase.

What’s Next for the National Institutes of Health? (The Atlantic)

Increased Funding for Medical Research Is a Terrific First Step (Huffington Post)

The Irony of STEM Funding (The Atlantic)


With an FY16 budget of $200 million, the Precision Medicine Initiative is set to launch. But before enrolling patients, officials at the NIH want to make sure the study is well designed.

The NIH, in pursuit of precision medicine, tries to avoid ghosts of its past (STAT)

The Precision Medicine Chimera (Project Syndicate)


House Democrats have asked for communication records between the National Football League and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health concerning a $30 million donation in 2012.

NFL’s ‘unrestricted’ grant to fund brain research has strings attached (STAT News)

Democrats Probe NFL Strategy on Brain Research Grant (Roll Call)


The NIH has called for a moratorium on funding for human-animal stem cell chimera research but states-funded research pushes forward.

US labs growing human-animal hybrids for organs amid controversy (International Business Times)

Human Organs Grown in Animal Hosts? There’s a Big Ethics Debate on the Horizon (Care2)

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