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

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

http://www.nature.com/news/us-brain-project-puts-focus-on-ethics-1.13549?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20130815

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.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/sequestration-cuts_n_3749432.html

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

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/16/progress-toward-opening-government-data-resources

“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.”

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/08/anti_vaxxers_why_parents_who_don_t_vaccinate_their_kids_should_be_sued_or.html

“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.”

 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/08/california-governor-vetoes-proposed-egg-payment-law.html

“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.”

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2013/08/scientists-condemn-destruction-golden-rice-field-trial

“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.”

 

http://researchamerica.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/a-do-nothing-congress-isnt-healthy/

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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