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The Research Works Act has been officially dropped, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The proposed bill, which would have banned NIH from requiring that its researchers allow the public to access their work, engendered much outrage from the research community, and caused thousands of researchers to start a boycott of publisher Elsevier for its support of the Act, Kaiser says.

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