Spring is here, and much like the flora outside, the news is abloom with tales of research! Take some time out from smelling the roses and check out this week’s installment of the “Science Times” synthesis.

Week of March 26

Panel says flu research is safe to publish: The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity has recommended that controversial data from a research study on the H5N1 virus, which was originally withheld due to public safety concerns, be published.
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As revelers across the country gear up for the holidays, the federal government remained busy with two major reports released this week. The first, published by the Institute of Medicine, is already changing the way chimpanzees are used in research. While the second, drafted by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical issues, makes new recommendations for human subjects compensation. Learn more in this week’s ‘Science Times’ synthesis and share your thoughts in our comment section!

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After the commemoration of World AIDS Day last week, it’s encouraging to hear that researchers have found renewed hope and inspiration in the search for a cure. In this week's "Science Times" synthesis, learn about the new developments in HIV research, and share your thoughts on the current state of AIDS research and the potential impact of President Obama’s speech in which he committed to significant increases in funding.

Week of November 29


PRIM&R is proud to have hosted two webinars on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that the Department of Health and Human Services released last month.
If you were unable to participate in the PRIM&R’s Primer on the ANPRM, please download the presentation slides, or purchase the archived webinar.

PRIM&R is in the process of generating comments, which are due by September 26, 2011, and encourages all of our members and supporters to participate. More information on comments we’ve already submitted [...] Read more


Whether it’s "Law & Order," "Criminal Minds" or "CSI," many of us have a favorite crime scene show. Suspense, drama, and intrigue offer thought-provoking entertainment and a basic understanding of forensic investigation techniques, such as fingerprinting. But what if this form of identification remained unavailable to detectives? Read this week’s Science Times to learn more about a rare gene mutation that disables the development of fingerprints and footprints.

Just for fun, can you guess whose fingerprint appears below?

Week of August 1

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