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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is pledging to finalize revisions to the federal rules governing medical research — despite criticism from scientists and the looming specter of the Trump presidency.

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services have been working on changes to those regulations, collectively known as the Common Rule, for years now. Parts of the proposal have been vigorously opposed by many researchers, and Republicans in Congress have warned the administration not to finalize any new regulations during the transition to a Donald Trump presidency.

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