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Scientific Integrity: Open for Discussion

The same day that President Obama relaxed restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, he issued a directive to the Office of Science and Technology director to coordinate a new set of recommendations to protect scientific integrity in federal policymaking.

OSTP used its new blog to open a comment period to accept public input on the six principles outlined in the presidential memorandum.

That comment period closes Wednesday, so we devote our most recent podcast to talking with Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She discusses about how better transparency could eventually supercede the need for whistle blowers, and explains the importance of protecting integrity as Congress develops long-lasting climate change and clean energy legislation.

Listen to the podcast or read an edited transcript here.


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