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Research Shutdown Roils Los Angeles VA

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Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 18-21
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.18b

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All research projects affiliated with the Veterans Administration (VA) in Los Angeles, California, were put on indefinite hold last week, leaving researchers confused, frustrated, and worried about losing the confidence of their patients and funders like the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On 22 March, NIH announced that the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System could no longer conduct human studies supported by NIH's parent, the Department of Health and Human Services, because of lax procedures for approving and overseeing these trials. Hours later, the VA's home office extended the suspension to all test tube and animal research, citing additional administrative problems.