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Academy Seeks Government Help to Fight Openness Law

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Science  25 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5325, pp. 473
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5325.473

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A minor squabble between animal-rights activists and federal officials over a study on the care and use of lab animals has turned into a major debate on how the country's most prestigious scientific advisory body should operate. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, should abide by government openness rules, and the outcome could have profound implications for the future of the academy complex.