Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/Sipa via AP Images)

Sen­a­tors to NIH: Do more to pro­tect US bio­med­ical re­search from for­eign in­flu­ence

Al­though Thurs­day’s Sen­ate health com­mit­tee hear­ing was fo­cused on how for­eign coun­tries and ad­ver­saries might be try­ing to steal or neg­a­tive­ly in­flu­ence bio­med­ical re­search in the US, the on­ly coun­try men­tioned by the sen­a­tors and ex­pert wit­ness­es was Chi­na.

Com­mit­tee chair Pat­ty Mur­ray (D-WA) made clear in her open­ing re­marks that the US can­not “let the few in­stances of bad ac­tors” over­shad­ow the hard work of the many im­mi­grant re­searchers in the US, many of which have won No­bel prizes for their work. But she al­so said, “There is more the NIH can be do­ing here.”

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