House Republicans Seek to Overhaul NIH

Congressional Republicans are rolling out plans to reorganize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and remove its authority from commissioning risky gain of function research and halt such experiments until new reforms are established, Axios reported Monday.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee drafted a plan that would establish new oversight measures for high-risk pathogen research proposals. The oversight measures would transfer the NIH’s sovereignty in conducting research to a “public, independent oversight entity” that would review, approve, reject, and oversee experiments.

This plan includes a pause on gain of function research until appropriate safety protocols are enacted. It also proposes barring the NIH from conducting or supporting such research in countries deemed foreign adversaries. National security reviews would be incorporated into the NIH’s grant approval process, and additional reporting and conflict-of-interest policies would be implemented.

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