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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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,...
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U.K. Won't Eliminate Embryo Research Authority
18 July 2013 10:45 am
The U.K. government has decided to keep the country's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) as an independent body overseeing assisted reproduction and embryo research. The government had considered eliminating the agency as part of its push to simplify government and reduce regulation. But the government announced yesterday that it would follow the advice of an expert evaluation and leave both HFEA and the Human Tissue Authority in place as independent bodies.
Both organizations enjoy high levels of trust from the public and reorganizing or merging them could endanger that trust, the report found; the potential savings is not worth that risk, it said. The report did suggest merging the administrative support for the two authorities, and the Department of Health says that it is moving to implement that change.