Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 19, 2016

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The Big Bad Wolves

There has been a lot of congressional huffing and puffing recently challenging the validity of peer review. Some members of Congress are taking controversial stands, claiming that certain types of peer-reviewed, scientific research are a waste of taxpayer dollars.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., added an amendment to NIH funding legislation that would defund three specific NIH peer-reviewed grants related to HIV/AIDS research. Particularly worrisome is that the amendment passed the House. While Issa’s amendment most likely will be removed in final versions of the bill funding NIH in 2010 (Labor/HHS/education appropriations), it is startling that such an amendment would be approved on the House floor.