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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  • 26 Jul 1999

    Jerome Kassirer, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), has been asked to step down following a management dispute with the journal's owner, the Massachusetts Medical Society.

  • 23 Jul 1999

    This week, U.S. biomedical researchers briefly caught sight of a big increase in federal funding in 2000--potentially the second windfall in 2 years--until it disappeared in the haze of party politics.

  • 16 Jul 1999

    Research using cells from human embryos received an important seal of approval this week.

  • 8 Jul 1999

    A federal agency that watches out for the welfare of patients who volunteer as research subjects is getting a promotion.

  • 8 Jul 1999

    Three new labs are joining the government's human genome sequencing project this month. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland, is awarding $15 million to bring the new members--two academic labs and a commercial firm--on board, raising the number of U.S.

  • 29 Jun 1999

    A presidential ethics panel is ready to endorse a tolerant federal policy on the use of human cells extracted from an embryo or aborted fetus.

  • 17 Jun 1999

    Biologist Stuart Newman of the New York Medical College in Valhalla is trying to get a patent on a "humanzee"--a chimeric animal made from human and chimpanzee embryos.

  • 16 Jun 1999

    Using tactics that paid off earlier for AIDS patients and breast cancer survivors, a trio of famous men who have had prostate cancer appeared on Capitol Hill today to lobby for more research on their disease.

  • 3 Jun 1999

    The federal office that watches over the use of human subjects in research is likely to get more clout, if a report to National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Harold Varmus wins acceptance.

  • 26 May 1999

    COLD SPRING HARBOR, NEW YORK--A dozen scientific teams have endorsed an international plan to complete a "working draft" of the human genome by the spring of 2000 and polish i