Life Sciences: Consensus Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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An Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program (2010)

To ensure the safety of food distributed through the National School Lunch Program, food banks, and other federal food and nutrition programs, the United States Department of Agriculture has established food safety and quality requirements for the ground beef it purchases. This National Research Council report reviews the scientific basis of the Department’s ground beef safety standards, evaluates how the standards compare to those used by larg... More >>

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A Review of the Proposed Revisions to the Federal Principles and Guidelines Water Resources Planning Document (2010)

Proposed revisions to the 1983 principles and guidelines that guide federal water resources project planning studies need greater clarity and consistency to effectively aid federal decision makers, according to a National Research Council report. Many changes in the national water resources planning landscape have occurred since the original document was issued. Planning methods and principles have evolved. New factors -- from better scientifi... More >>

Review of the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study: Report 3 (2010)

A proposed withdrawal of 262 million gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River in northeast Florida -- intended to help satisfy increasing demand on public water supplies -- may not decrease the river's average flow and water level, according to research conducted by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The unexpected finding assumes management of the upper river basin to bring water back into the system and depends on projecte... More >>

Continuing Assistance to the National Institutes of Health on Preparation of Additional Risk Assessments for the Boston University NEIDL, Phase 2 (2010)

Preliminary analyses prepared by the National Institutes of Health for its supplemental assessment of the risks associated with operating the proposed biodefense laboratory at Boston University is not likely to lead to a thorough assessment of public health concerns, this report finds. The committee that wrote the report said it could not endorse the analyses as scientifically and technically sound and called for a mid-course correction. Th... More >>

Evaluation of a Site-Specific Risk Assessment for the Department of Homeland Security's Planned National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas (2010)

A new report from the National Research Council finds that the Department of Homeland Security's site-specific assessment of risks associated with locating the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, is incomplete. The new biocontainment laboratory would serve as the linchpin in protecting U.S. agriculture from foreign animal disease threats such as foot-and-mouth disease. However, concerns about the methods and analysi... More >>

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