• The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on synthetic biology, including its potential applications and risks, as well as the appropriate ethical boundaries. Comments are due by 1 October 2010. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-21359.htm.

  • The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated its Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources. Major revisions include the addition of new sections on biospecimen resource management and operations and conflict of interest, expansion of recommendations related to custodianship and informed consent, and harmonization with current federal guidance documents and recommendations from international biospecimen organizations. Public comments on the revised best practices are being accepted until 22 September 2010. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20872.htm.

  • The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is seeking comments on the draft Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard. The standard provides a means of classifying ecological and habitat units using a common terminology. Comments are being accepted until 13 December 2010. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20851.htm.


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