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Archives for July, 2006

HR 810 Passes in Senate

I’m on vacation right now, but I had to come out of hiding for this one. HR 810 passed in the senate today, 63-37. That was enough to meet the 60 vote mark for passage, but it won’t be enough (four votes short) to override the presidential veto that Bush is still promising. The future…

Stem Cell Drama

As the Senate votes today on HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, this post from the archives describes how the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has negatively impacted some researchers. In light of these facts, it’s hard to not support the passage of HR 810. (25 January 2006) Embryonic…

As debate begins today on HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, this post from the archives describes how some states have had to find their own solutions for supporting embryonic stem cell research in the face of a ban on federal funding. Hopefully tomorrow’s vote will make these unnecessary. (12 May 2006) As…

On the Road Again

By the time you read this, I’ll already be on a bus bound for Newcastle, where I’ll spend the weekend before heading off to Bergen, Norway, for some much needed relaxation. I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks, but have no fear! I won’t be here physically, but I will be here…

Although a given scientific paper probably has at least something fairly interesting or unique about it, most people aren’t going to be too interested in reading about, for example, the structural details of the protein-protein interactions between cytoplasmic integrin tails and focal adhesion-associated proteins (my work). But this paper… man, this is completely different. Not…

This week’s Nature features a news article and editorial about Francis Collins–director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute–whose new book The Language of God advocates reconciliation between science and religion. Although the status of science in America could be improved by lessening religious anti-science hostility, and we’re generally much better off in general…

Absolutely Terrifying

When I saw this earlier today, I knew I had to write a post on it. So, even though Afarensis beat me to it, I’m going to do it anyway. I just love this article from the BBC. It sounds kind of like what an elementary school student would write if he or she was…

It has been announced that the highly anticipated debate and vote in the Senate on HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, will take place on July 17th and 18th (next Monday and Tuesday). This is great news, but there’s a catch. Although supporters of the bill (i.e. 70% of Americans) have already been…

Bush’s plans to veto HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, after it is likely passed by the Senate sometime this year have generated quite a bit of notice over the last couple of days. If it were allowed to go through, the bill would effectively overturn Bush’s currently standing restrictions that…

According to this week’s Science magazine, there’s some good news and some bad news regarding open access publishing. Which do you want first? The bad news? OK, here goes. According to a letter (free access via Sex Drugs & DNA) authored by Michael Stebbins, Erica Davis, Lucas Royland, and Gartrell White (mostly of the Federation…