Biomedical Group Lobbies NIH

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Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 519
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.519

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LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS-- Last week a delegation of scientists from the United States and China met with top officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, to discuss such ideas as high-tech methods of analyzing traditional Chinese herbal medicines, research on human genetic variation, a scheme to create a genetic knockout mouse production center in China, and AIDS vaccine trials. The ideas were developed at an extraordinary gathering here the previous weekend, where more than a score of Chinese researchers met U.S. counterparts, along with NIH head Harold Varmus, to discuss research plans, renew contacts with expatriates, and make new connections.