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NIH Introduces Ethics Grants as Scientists Push Research Envelope

Dec. 30, 2019, 7:40 PM

New bioethics funding will likely influence future NIH policy decisions on gene editing, precision medicine and a number of other critical biomedical research topics.

The National Institutes of Health plans to dedicate $2 million in fiscal year 2020 toward about 10 grants that will either supplement an existing bioethics grant or add a bioethics component to a research grant in which ethical issues were not the focus. The new funding opportunity will generate evidence that “may inform future policy directions,” the grant notice said.

The move by NIH to embed bioethics into existing research grants or infuse extra money...

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