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July 24, 2017

Public Policy Brief – July 24, 2017

ASM News

ASM Joins 800 Organizations Calling for Increases in FY 2018 Funding for Health Programs

The ASM signed onto to two letters calling for an increase in the allocation for the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.  The House Appropriations Committee provided $5 billion less than current funding and the Senate held the funding level for the bill flat.  Letters sent on July 14 and July 21 to letters to House and Senate appropriators called for a deal to raise the budget caps to allow for an increased allocation for programs such as NIH and CDC.

In a lab pushing the boundaries of biology, an embedded ethicist keeps scientists in check

Jeantine Lunshoff, the staff “ethicist” in George Church’s lab at Harvard, keeps the staff of this visionary dissenter on the right moral track.  Some of Church’s projects include trying to resurrect the woolly mammoth, writing a human genome from scratch, and possibly editing the genomes of human embryos to correct defects that would cause suffering.

IAS 2017

Official Press Release from IAS 2017 – Advances in vaccine and treatment research open new doors in the fight against HIV

Wall Street Journal

Senate Republicans Unsure of What Health-Care Measure They Will Vote On

USA Today

Former GOP senator: Resist the bullying. Don’t vote for a mystery health care bill.

New York Times

Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents

Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans

Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at E.P.A. Traveling Home, Report Says

Washington Post

Why a biodefense firm is going on a spending spree

House struggles to leave for summer vacation with a legislative bang

Trump to tap longtime coal lobbyist for EPA’s No. 2 spot

He thought he just had blisters from a hike. He had flesh-eating bacteria and nearly died.

New hope for HIV cure as child remains virus-free years after final treatment

Stat News

The drug industry is lobbying the federal government at a record-setting pace so far this year

87 experimental therapies for glioblastoma are in the works. Some might help McCain now

Politico

Meet the lab-coat liberals

 

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July 21, 2017

Public Policy Brief – July 21, 2017

Federal Agency News

Registration Now Open for Upcoming Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on Implementation of the USG Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern
On September 25-26, 2017, the U.S. Government and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) will co-host a workshop to engage with stakeholders and facilitate information sharing among research institutions regarding their approaches to, and experiences with, implementing the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC).

Institutional oversight is a critical component of a comprehensive DURC oversight system because institutions are most familiar with the life sciences research conducted in their facilities and are in the best position to promote and strengthen the responsible conduct and communication of results.  This two-day workshop will involve discussions with diverse institutional representatives and facilitate the sharing of experiences including strategies, best practices, challenges, and solutions regarding policy implementation and the identification and management of DURC.

The workshop will be held on September 25-26, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.   While webcasting will not be available, the meeting will be recorded for future viewing on the OSP Website.  For additional details and to register please visit the workshop website.

Questions regarding the workshop should be emailed to: Kevin Ramkissoon ramkissoonkr@od.nih.gov

ASM News

Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter

The July issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.

The Lancet

Public health commissioner appointed to lead US CDC

Tuberculosis

Nature

Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes

US lawmakers seek $1.1-billion boost for the NIH

Lights, camera, CRISPR: Biologists use gene editing to store movies in DNA

White House’s dwindling science office leaves major research programmes in limbo

The Scientist

Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys

Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses

Wall Street Journal

Over 100 Report Being Sickened at Virginia Chipotle

USA Today

With John McCain out, McConnell still plans a Senate health care vote next week

While the White House bashes the CBO, Republicans move to boost its budget

New York Times

These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

Glioblastoma, John McCain’s Form of Brain Cancer, Carries Troubling Prognosis

Senate Leaders Press for Health Care Vote, but on Which Bill?

Washington Post

Will proposed cuts undermine Trump’s vision of ‘energy dominance’?

5 questions about the brain cancer diagnosed in Sen. John McCain

Cloud of confusion hangs over health-care bill

Trump administration cancels hundreds of Obama-era regulations

Stat News 

Could cows be the vaccine factories of the future?

Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear

Science Magazine

For first time in history, half of all people with HIV are getting treatment

1 Comment

Madeleine

2017-07-23 05:49:56

Institutional oversight is a critical component of a comprehensive DURC oversight system because institutions are most familiar with the life sciences research conducted in their facilities and are in the best position to promote and strengthen the responsible conduct and communication of results. http://www.192-168-1-1.co

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