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The latest developments around the fields of

  • Energy
  • Genetics/Genomics
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  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

District Court for the Northern District of California rules on claims that supplements affect protein metabolism in the brain (Racies v. Quincy Bioscience, LLC)

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Determines that plaintiffs cannot sue under California law merely for lack of substantiation, nor would they have standing to seek injunctive relief in similar cases, but they may sue for defendant’s misrepresentations of “body chemistry”.

Updated last December 22, 2016
for the 05/19/2015 decision.

SSA Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Final Rule)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

Implements provisions of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 that require Federal agencies to provide relevant records to the Department of Justice for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 

Updated last May 31, 2017
for the 12/19/2016 Final Rule.

21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Executive
  • Statute
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – A lengthy and multifaceted bill; its numerous components are ultimately intended to improve public health.

Updated last December 15, 2016
for Public Law 114-255.

Fair Employment Protection Act of 2016 (HR 5693, 114th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics

Original Development Brief – Amends the Genetic Information Act of 2008 and other statutes to clarify appropriate liability standards for Federal antidiscrimination claims.

Updated last December 13, 2016
for the 07/08/2016 version of HR 5693.

Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders (Final Rule)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Updates the criteria used by the Social Security Administration to evaluate claims of mental disorders in application for supplemental security income.

Updated last December 1, 2016
for the 09/26/2016 final rule.

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