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Biomedical and Science Policy Reporter, Nature Magazine
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Biomedical research and policy reporter for @NatureNews covering brains, bugs, and @NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine

‘Forgotten’ NIH smallpox virus languishes on death row

nature.com — Mehau Kulyk/SPL/Corbis Six vials of smallpox virus discovered at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, in June are marked for death by autoclave - yet they linger in a high-security freezer.

US research ethics agency upholds decision on informed consent

blogs.nature.com — United States regulators are standing by their decision that parents were not properly informed of the risks of a clinical trial in which premature babies received different levels of oxygen supplementation. From 2005-2009, the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) trial randomly assigned 1,316 premature babies to receive one of two levels of oxygen supplementation in an effort to test which level was best.

Viral-research moratorium called too broad

nature.com — Alfred Pasieka/SPL US researchers are worried that a temporary government ban on 'gain-of-function' experiments that boost the infectious properties of dangerous viruses may also cover less-extreme forms of the work that are crucial to protecting public health.

U.S. Suspends Risky Disease Research

nature.com — ChinaFotoPress/Getty The US government surprised many researchers on 17 October when it announced that it will temporarily stop funding new research that makes certain viruses more deadly or transmissible.

Viral research moratorium called overly broad

nature.com — Alfred Pasieka/SPL US researchers are worried that a temporary government ban aimed at so-called 'gain-of-function' experiments that boost the infectious properties of dangerous viruses may also cover less-extreme forms of the work that are vital to protecting public health.

US suspends risky disease research

nature.com — ChinaFotoPress/Getty The US government surprised many researchers on 17 October when it announced that it will temporarily stop funding new research that makes certain viruses more deadly or transmissible.

White House suspends enhanced pathogen research

blogs.nature.com — As the US public frets about the recent transmission of Ebola to two Texas healthcare workers, the US government has turned an eye on dangerous viruses that could become far more widespread if they escaped from the lab.

Hopeful act: A rebel transplants organs from HIV-positive donors

nature.com — Illustrations by Matt Hansen David thought he would spend the rest of his life in and out of hospitals. A 45-year-old auditor in South Africa, he had developed severe anemia seven years earlier due to kidney failure. His illness forced him to quit his job and travel to the hospital for dialysis three times per week.

Manure Fertilizer Increases Antibiotic Resistance

nature.com — John Eveson/FLPA Treating dairy cows and other farm animals with antibiotics and then laying their manure in soil can cause the bacteria in the dirt to grow resistant to the drugs. But a study now suggests that the manure itself could be contributing to resistance, even when it comes from cows that are free of antibiotics.

Disclosing conflicts of interest has unintended effects

nature.com — Over the course of just five months in 2013, US doctors received more than US$3.5 billion in consulting fees, travel reimbursements and gifts from pharmaceutical and medical-device companies. That revelation comes from Open Payments, a database launched on 30 September by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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Oct 31, 2014

What?! Can we have one @RosieMestel? RT @sumit: Today's best @newscientist expense claim: Life size cardboard Benedict Cumberbatch. APPROVED

Oct 31, 2014

Owwww... RT @profvrr: From Dickson Despommer: How do ghosts protect themselves from infection? With immunogoblins #Halloween

Oct 30, 2014

Of course it is. MT @NIHDirector: The guitar is a custom Huss & Dalton with a double helix on the fretboard. Her name is Rosalind.

Oct 30, 2014

Even in Antarctica? RT @washingtonpost: Russia warns its citizens not to go on vacation abroad, because of #Ebola wapo.st/1nTxorj



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