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March 20, 2017 Issue

Volume 95, Issue 12
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March 20, 2017 Issue, Vol. 95 | Iss. 12
Last year, NIH implemented a policy to push scientists to consider how sex affects biological systems. Critics worry it goes too far.
By Michael Torrice
(pp. 30-35)
Features
Business
Trump and many business leaders say the government has imposed too many rules, but environmentalists and other advocates see an effort to gut protections (pp. 19-21)
Business
With demand still strong, China remains a crucial market for companies producing basic chemicals from methanol, coal, and oil (pp. 22-24)
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President Trump’s budget request sidelines science

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UL software targets animal testing

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(p.10)

Evonik to buy preservatives maker

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(p.11)

Chemistry-related patents rise in Europe in 2016

Chemical and pharma firms get hundreds of patents
(p.14)

Trump’s pick for Food & Drug Administration garners mixed reactions

Scott Gottlieb’s extensive ties to pharma raise questions of potential conflicts of interest
(p.14)

American Chemical Society backs March for Science

April demonstration will call for funding and public communication of science
(p.15)

EPA chief delays industrial chemical safety regulation

Rule is intended to protect communities and workers from accidents
(p.15)
 

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