National Institutes of Health
Oct 3, 2013 — The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland is often the last resort for patients who have mysterious, rare or terminal diseases. Patients sometimes call it the "House of Hope." But the government shutdown may mean that prospective patients will be turned away.
Jan 26, 2013 — There was big news this week about U.S. laboratory chimpanzees heading for sanctuary. Barbara J. King considers a new website that urges us to think of these primates not as nameless research subjects, but instead as distinct individuals.
Jan 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.
Jun 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.
Dec 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.
Sep 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.
Aug 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.