Eliot works with Science's news staff in Europe and Asia; edits stories on medical research topics in Washington, D.C.; and writes about patents and other science policy issues. As a reporter for Science, he previously covered topics including radiation health risks, space policy, bioethics, and genome sequencing. Before joining Science, he wrote about politics, health care, and energy for The New Republic in Washington.

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  • 21 Dec 1999

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) last week released controversial new guidelines that set ground rules for sharing research tools.

  • 14 Dec 1999

    The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)--a small but aggressive group whose members include such scientific leaders as molecular biologists Harold Varmus and Bruce Alberts--has decided to strike out on its own.

  • 9 Dec 1999

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--Doctors and scientists from the University of Pennsylvania today defended their clinical judgment in the case of Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old who died on 17 September while receiving experimental gene therapy.

  • 12 Nov 1999

    Suing your professor on charges of stealing your ideas may become more difficult in New York state, thanks to a recent court decision. Judge Emily Jane Goodman of the Supreme Court for New York City last month dismissed a suit brought by Sheng-Ming Ma, a former Columbia University Ph.D.

  • 22 Oct 1999

    U.S. health agencies appear ready to plow more cash into reducing one type of bioterrorist risk--an attack with the infamous smallpox virus.

  • 13 Oct 1999

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Biomedical research advocates are disappointed to learn that one of their champions in Congress, Representative John Porter (R-IL), will not run for reelection next year.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that he will be leaving the government at the end of December after 6 years at NIH's helm.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Several groups of U.S. scientists, including 32 Nobel Prize winners in physics, spoke out today on behalf of an international treaty that would ban all testing of nuclear weapons.

  • 21 Sep 1999

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A scheme to overhaul peer review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is drawing intense fire from the AIDS community.

  • 6 Aug 1999

    Tuberculosis (TB) is spreading at an alarming rate in Russia, according to an international health team that has analyzed the epidemic at one TB clinic. Their findings--published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the U.S.