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CRISPR is a gene editing technology that allows scientists to make specific, targeted changes to DNA.
Scientists are using CRISPR to develop treatments for medical conditions, including blindness and some cancers, as well as to create tests to rapidly identify COVID-19 and other infections.
We testified about our earlier work on “sustainable chemistry” that drew on an extensive literature review, 82 interviews, a meeting of experts, and a survey of 27 chemical companies.
These sources didn't agree on how to define sustainable chemistry or measure sustainability.
Federal agencies must enforce Title IX—which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment—at universities receiving federal funds.
5 agencies provide most of the federal STEM research grant funding.
In 2015, the Department of Defense discovered that one of its labs had inadvertently sent live anthrax to almost 200 other labs worldwide over 12 years. The lab's "inactivation" (removal of hazardous effects) of the pathogen was incomplete.
What GAO Found The total number of incidents involving incomplete inactivation—a process to destroy the hazardous effects of pathogens while retaining characteristics for future use—that occurred from 2003 through 2015 is unknown for several reasons.
What GAO Found The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have taken steps to regulate genetically-engineered (GE) crops (i.e.
What GAO Found Three of the six federal grant-making agencies we reviewed that support research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields—the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture—routinely...