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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chicago Biological Investigator & Phoenix Biology:
Ethics in Science Essay Contest

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council prompted the National Institutes of Health to suspend new grants for biomedical and behavioral research involving chimpanzees. Conditions under which future research might be supported will also become far more stringent, including cases where there is scientific evidence that research on chimpanzees is necessary. A number of countries, including members of the European Union, have gone further and limited experiments involving the use of any great ape (chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas) through their legislative action. Congress has considered, but not passed, HR 1513, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would enact a similar research ban to that of the European Union. Considering possible impacts on research and ethical, economical, social or legislative implications, should the U.S. institute such a ban?

Guidelines & Judging Criteria
·      4 page double spaced limit (approximately 1200 words)
·      All University of Chicago undergraduates are encouraged to apply!
·      Two winning essays will be chosen, based on diversity, strength and clarity of argument
·      Direct any questions to

·      The deadline for essay submission is Friday, January 20, 2011

·      The two winning essayists will each receive a $75 cash prize
·      Winning essays will be published in full in the 2012 issue of the Chicago Biological Investigator
·      Winning essayists will also be recognized at a journal release event in February 2012 co-hosted by the Chicago Biological Investigator and Phoenix Biology

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