Members of Congress question use of nonhuman primates in research
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a provision in the fiscal year 2020 funding bill to increase oversight of nonhuman primate use in research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The legislation mandates that the NIH and FDA report how its scientists are using nonhuman primates in their research. While animal rights advocates support this policy, scientists are worried that this would hamper progress on research, especially in cognitive disorders and diseases related to aging. Read more here.
Worldwide survey shows that people in richer countries have less trust in vaccines
The Wellcome Trust conducted a first-of-its-kind global survey of attitudes on science and health. While 79% of all surveyed believe that vaccines are safe, only 59% of Western Europeans and 50% of Eastern Europeans do. Complacency about previously eradicated diseases and the rapid spread of misinformation via the Internet may play a role in growing distrust in vaccine safety. Read more here.
A Netherlands university opens faculty jobs to only women
To increase the number of female academics, the Eindhoven University of Technology will permit only women to apply for permanent academic jobs during the first six months of the job opening. University officials hope this policy will increase the number of women in assistant and associate professorships from 29% to 50%. Read more here.