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  • 11 Mar 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Congress has launched an investigation into controversial human embryo studies conducted by Mark Hughes, a molecular geneticist who once worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • 10 Mar 1997

    MOSCOW--Destitute, their labs on the brink of ruin, Russian scientists may finally have something to cheer about.

  • 10 Mar 1997

    LONDON--Corporate scientists often must hide proprietary data to protect a bottom line. But at least in Britain, that doesn't mean they're unwilling to share the fruits of their basic research.

  • 4 Mar 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--President Bill Clinton today sent a memo to federal agencies prohibiting them from funding experiments on human cloning.

  • 27 Feb 1997

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--Guests at an awards ceremony here grimaced as they watched a video of biochemist Lourival Possani pluck a deadly scorpion from a box full of its squirming cousins and tap it gently to extract venom from its tail.

  • 26 Feb 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The cloning of an adult sheep by Scottish biologists was on every legislator's mind when Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appeared to defend his budget request on Capitol Hill today.

  • 25 Feb 1997

    OTTAWA--The Canadian government is launching a $1.5 billion program to upgrade equipment and labs at the nation's research universities.

  • 19 Feb 1997

    WASHINGTON--Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse yesterday. Gajdusek, 73, who is currently free on $350,000 bail, is expected to serve a jail term of between 9 months and 1 year and be on probation for 5 years.

  • 19 Feb 1997

    LONDON--An alliance of researchers and lobbyists this week filed two objections to a European patent granted to a U.S. company for the extraction and use of blood stem cells from human umbilical cords.

  • 14 Feb 1997

    SEATTLE--Consider this chilling scenario: R&D spending plummets by 70% over 5 years, and more than half the scientific work force leaves for other walks of life or other countries.

  • 14 Feb 1997

    Rivalry between two of the world's top medical journals broke into print this week when The Lancet of London ran a letter in its 15 February issue criticizing its competitor, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of Boston, Massachusetts, for lax editorial policies.

  • 14 Feb 1997

    SEATTLE--Apparently ending several years of uncertainty, an official of the U.S.

  • 13 Feb 1997

    PARIS--A group of 20 French scientists held a news conference here yesterday to demand immediate suspension and eventual repeal of a new mandatory retirement law.

  • 13 Feb 1997

    It's official: Yale University announced today that David A. Kessler, who has headed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the past 6 years, will be the next dean of the university's School of Medicine.

  • 12 Feb 1997

    Talking on your car phone while you are driving can be a dangerous practice. A report in tomorrow's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine concludes that you may run about the same risk of having an accident as you would if you were legally drunk.

  • 10 Feb 1997

    President Clinton's 1998 budget, which is now being reviewed on Capitol Hill, did not subject science funding to the ax as many had feared.

  • 7 Feb 1997

    Scientists in Azerbaijan, one of 15 former Soviet countries, are effectively seeing the clock turned back to the days when science was under central government control.

  • 7 Feb 1997

    When President Clinton presented his 1998 budget request to Congress yesterday, science funding was one of the few areas favored with an increase.

  • 6 Feb 1997

    President Bill Clinton has requested a 3% spending increase at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of his $1.7 trillion budget package, which was submitted to Congress today.

  • 4 Feb 1997

    TOKYO--Japan's economic doldrums have provided a windfall for the country's researchers. The Diet, Japan's parliament, has approved $1.3 billion for science-related spending as part of a $21.9 billion supplemental budget intended to jump start the economy.

  • 4 Feb 1997

    WASHINGTON--Mark Hughes, an internationally known leader in DNA diagnostics, has resigned from Georgetown University after coming under fire for allegedly failing to honor a ban on human embryo research.

  • 3 Feb 1997

    Some cryptographers crack the code of an enciphered document with the subtle dexterity of master lockpicks. But even when brute force is used, the message is the same: Better tighten security.

  • 31 Jan 1997

    LONDON--The BBC, the United Kingdom's giant public service broadcaster, is about to create the largest science broadcasting center in the world.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--FDA Commissioner David Kessler told staff in a memo today that he will leave the agency late next month.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) appeared today before a biomedical lobby group to reiterate a pledge he made last week to boost the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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