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In light of President-elect Barack Obama's support for stem cell research, many hope to see federal restrictions on human embryo research relaxed once he hits office, including overturning federal funding limits. However, inertia might be in the limiting factor as to how fast this will happen. "To make stem-cell science take off, it needs something equivalent to Nixon's war on cancer," says the University of Wisconsin's James Thomson in a story in the Wall Street Journal.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

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