January 23, 2013 An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
June 13, 2012 The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Now, scientists have unveiled the first survey the "human microbiome," which includes 10,000 species and more than 8 million genes.
December 15, 2011 Are chimpanzees necessary for biomedical research in the U.S.? Considering today's long-awaited report on this question from the National Academies, anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests the answer is "no," and that "biomedical apes" deserve retirement.
September 7, 2010 A judge denied an Obama team request that he lift his ban on federal stem cell research funding. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said the Obama Administration overstated the amount of harm that would arise from his ban.
August 31, 2010 The NIH warned of harm to research if a ban on federal funding of human embryo stell cell research. Francis Crick, the director of the federal institution, said discoveries could be lost and research deeply hurt.