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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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Republicans Interested in Conflicts of Interest
19 March 2009 3:16 pm
Scientists who receive grants from agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should not be trusted to “self-regulate” on matters involving a potential conflict of interest, suggests a letter released today by two Republican members of the House Science Committee. Representatives Joe Barton (R–TX) and Greg Walden (R–OR) have asked Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington for comment on this thesis and for a response to an earlier query to NIH, saying that it’s important to see that new funds in the economic stimulus bill are “not compromised by the potential conflicts of interest of researchers.”
The two representatives refer to a controversy over the use of CT scans to detect lung cancer in which scientists on both sides of a debate about the usefulness of this technology were accused of having conflicts of interest. The letter claims NIH has not followed up on questions raised by committee members last year.