Simon Grose

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nature medicine volume 15 | number 1 | january 2009 5 Political controversies may exert a ‘chilling effect’ on scientific research, according to a recent study (PLoS Med. 5, e222; 2008). The analysis focused on a controversy that began in 2003 when a US congressman, backed by the conservative Washington, DC–based Traditional Values Coalition, criticized(More)
The head of Australia’s patent office has admitted to being “uncomfortable” about granting a patent to a group from Seoul National University Industry Foundation that includes the disgraced researcher WooSuk Hwang. The patent application is for a stem cell line, which the group of 18 researchers claimed was produced by a procedure known as somatic cell(More)
Almost two years ago, the Australian government legalized the technique used to clone embryos. However, until this past September, no firm in the country had received a green light to apply this technique. That changed on 16 September when Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced that its embryo research licensing committee(More)
When it comes to medical treatment, the research community’s agenda doesn’t always match up with patients’ desires. For instance, when people suffering from knee osteoarthritis were asked in 1999 what research was needed, they said they wanted more information on interventions such as braces, exercise regimens and pain management strategies. Yet most(More)
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