Letter Recommends Independent Investigation of NIH’s Failure to Promptly Disclose Superbug Outbreak at Research Hospital

by jeeg 11. September 2012 22:11
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should open an independent investigation into the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) handling of information related to a deadly outbreak of multi-antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella bacterial infections at the research agency’s hospital... [More]

NIH collects input from community on biolab safety levels

by jeeg 4. September 2012 22:53
Community members near the Boston University biolab submitted their final comments to the National Institutes of Health last week, rounding up a battle over clearance for biosafety Levels 3 and 4 in the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories.   The NIH will consider communit... [More]

NIH seeks proposals to study genomic sequencing in newborn period

by jeeg 10. August 2012 19:02
The National Institutes of Health is seeking proposals for research projects on the implications of information obtained from sequencing the genome to identify diseases in newborns. The intent of funding such projects is to further the understanding of disorders that appear during the newborn pe... [More]

NIH Unperturbed by New Way of Peering Into Personal Genomic Data

by jeeg 17. April 2012 23:20
In a provocative paper published this week, researchers say they have figured out a way to link a person's DNA to their anonymous genetic data in a certain kind of public research database. But the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which hosts one of the largest such databases, says it's not ta... [More]

NIH announces database for genetic test information

by jeeg 1. March 2012 21:57
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has unveiled its Genetic Testing Registry, a  database of  information on genetic tests that will be voluntarily submitted by test producers. According to the NIH, there are now genetic tests available for some 2,500 diseases, including those ... [More]

Report: Harmful Chimpanzee Research Not Worth the Pain

by jeeg 16. December 2011 23:55
Human ingenuity and compassion have prevailed in an Institute of Medicine declaration that invasive medical experiments on chimpanzees are largely unnecessary. Though the report’s suggestions are not legally binding, the Institute is widely respected. Its judgments often shape governmen... [More]

NIH Director's Statement Regarding The Stem Cell Ruling From The Court Of Appeals

by jeeg 2. May 2011 22:46
"I am delighted and relieved to learn of the decision of the Court of Appeals. This is a momentous day—not only for science, but for the hopes of thousands of patients and their families who are relying on NIH-funded scientists to pursue life-saving discoveries and therapies that could c... [More]

US Appeals Court Overturns Ban On Stem-Cell Funding

by jeeg 29. April 2011 20:48
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a trial judge's preliminary injunction that blocked government funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells, a significant legal victory for the Obama administration. The U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a ... [More]

DNA sleuthing: OK to snatch a wine glass?

by jeeg 3. March 2011 20:51
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is considering today whether to take up an examination now of ethical issues surrounding neuro-imaging and genetic testing. If it decides to do so, Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, had some adv... [More]

Congress, not courts, must fix flaws in gene-patent system

by jeeg 23. November 2010 18:10
THE QUESTION of whether to allow the patenting of human genes now seems destined for the Supreme Court, following a lower-court ruling that struck down a company’s patents on genes used to test for the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. There are reasons to be skeptical of gene patents,... [More]
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