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Gov't. Science Advisory Committees


Daniel Greenberg
*Washington contributing editor, Lancet
*Freelance journalist and author of Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion (University of Chicago Press, 2001)

Anthony Robbins
*Professor of public health, Tufts University Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Jonathan Moreno
*Author of Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans (Routledge, 2001)
*Professor, biomedical ethics director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia Charlottesville, Va.

Pia de Solenni
*Fellow for human life studies, Family Research Council Washington, D.C.

More than 200 science advisory boards provide advice to agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services on topics ranging from safe lead levels to the use of humans as research subjects. Some critics say the Bush administration is staffing the boards based on ideology, not science. The administration says that's not the case. Join host Ira Flatow and guests for a discussion about how these committee appointments are being made and how they have been made in the past.

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Ira Flatow