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India Backs Off on Central Control

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Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1967
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1967a

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NEW DELHI-- Indian scientists are hailing a government decision to scale back a proposal for a centrally run system to regulate research involving animals. The final rules, adopted late last month, would instead place primary responsibility in the hands of animal ethics committees at individual universities and institutes, avoiding a bottleneck that scientists feared could stifle research. The rules are expected to become law by the end of the month.