Science  14 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5609, pp. 993

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  1. Canada's Rx for Hospitals

    OTTAWA—Canada plans to pour $325 million into refurbishing its research hospitals as part of the government's bid to improve health care. The money will go through the $2.2 billion Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), set up in 1997 to boost the country's scientific infrastructure. “I was completely taken by surprise,” says CFI president David Strangway, who found out about the infusion when Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced it last week at an intergovernmental summit on health funding. Details are scarce, but Chrétien is expected to use CFI to bolster universities and teaching hospitals for the fourth time in 3 years.

  2. Trust Us, We're Experts

    An expert panel says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should pick one trustworthy scientist—not a politician—as the spokesperson for the U.S. government's smallpox vaccination campaign, but the agency isn't taking the advice. The recommendation, offered last month by an Institute of Medicine panel, was aimed at preventing a replay of the government's confusing public-education effort during the 2001 anthrax crisis. But a single public spokesperson just won't work for the smallpox campaign, CDC director Julie Gerberding recently told Science. “This is a very complicated program, and there are a lot of people who need to weigh in on the message,” she says. Besides National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, Gerberding says the public should expect to see several faces on the news shows, including those of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge—and her own.

  3. Cloning Bill Arrives

    Senate backers of controversial research on human cells have unveiled a new proposal to ban making a cloned baby while allowing science to continue. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and five colleagues last week introduced the “Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act” (S. 303). It would prohibit researchers from using fertilized eggs for the nuclear transfer process, require them to destroy clones after 14 days, and mandate separate cloning and in vitro fertilization labs. The bill is an alternative to a total ban backed by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) (Science, 7 February, p. 799).