Rejection of Anthrax Study Kicks Up a Dust Storm in Oklahoma

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Science  11 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5959, pp. 1464
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5959.1464

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A media maelstrom erupted last week over a primate research project that was rejected by administrators at Oklahoma State University despite winning federal funding and approval from the university's animal care and use committee. The move triggered charges that the university had flouted the standard scientific and ethical review process to curry favor with a generous donor who is a vocal animal-rights activist. A university official strenuously denies that charge but says that fears of attacks from animal-rights extremists were a major factor in the decision.