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Judgment Pries Open Expert Panel

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Science  17 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5298, pp. 297
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5298.297

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While much of the government operates in a glare of publicity, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which forms expert panels that advise the government on scientific matters, has always worked behind closed doors. But that may have ended last week, when a U.S. court ruled in favor of an animal-welfare group that had argued that meetings and documents of an NAS panel should have been publicly accessible.