News and Events: Suing anti-vaxxers, Open access, and Neuroethics of the BRAIN Initiative

Posted: August 20, 2013 in advocacy, Ethics, Funding

Discussion on the neuroethics of a recent study demonstrating the ability to impart false memories to rodents by stimulating certain brain regions. Additionally, how neuroethics will play a role in research obtained from Obama’s BRAIN initiative.

Huffington Post article regarding sequestration’s chilling effect on science and the new “dark age for science in America.”

“In May, the President signed an Executive Order to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation, economic growth, and government efficiency. Under the terms of the Executive Order and a new Open Data Policy all newly generated government data will be required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, greatly enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, while ensuring privacy and security.”

“What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?” Slate article regarding the anti-vaccination movement and subtitled, ” The case for suing parents who don’t vaccinate their kids—or criminally charging them.”

“California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed payments to women who give their eggs to scientific researchers, a move that may deter other states from attempting to ease similar bans.”

“Scientists are striking back at activists who destroyed genetically modified (GM) “golden rice” plants in a test field in the Philippines last week. “It is an unconscionable criminal act to destroy a field trial conducted in accordance to international safety norms,” reads an online petition that has garnered nearly 2000 signatures in the past few days.”

Op-ed by The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America Chair and former U.S. Representative (1980 – 2001) published in CNN titled, “A-do nothing Congress isn’t healthy.”



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