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Legal News

U.S. panel backs current research rules

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has issued a report concerning federally sponsored research involving human volunteers, concluding that current rules and regulations provide adequate safeguards to mitigate risk.

Federal Government releases guidance on diversity

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice of have issued guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, postsecondary institutions can voluntarily consider race to further the compelling interest of achieving diversity.