Open or Closed?

Public access to scientific research is still being debated by the US House of Representatives, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. At a House Science Committee panel hearing, witnesses discussed whether the government should require federally funded research be made available to the public. "The most-discussed such mandate is that of the National Institutes of Health," Kaiser says.

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