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Research Groups Win Delay in Rules

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Science  13 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5490, pp. 243-245
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5490.243b

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Biomedical research groups have won a last-minute reprieve from threatened regulations covering laboratory mice, rats, and birds. In a surprise reversal, Congress voted this week to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from following through on a pact with animal-rights groups to draft rules for the animals. Animal-welfare advocates were stunned by the development, which became public just as they were celebrating a federal judge's decision to approve the pact after a long-running legal battle.