The fiscal cliff: Nobelists enter the fray

On Dec. 3, the Coalition for the Life Sciences began an advocacy campaign concerning the fiscal cliff. The CLS, of which the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a member, enlisted 20 Nobel laureates to write letters to President Obama and the congressional leadership expressing their concern about the looming fiscal cliff. Letters from Nobel laureates such as H. Robert Horvitz (physiology and medicine, 2002) and Paul Berg (chemistry, 1980) have talked about the benefits of federally funded research and the devastating consequences that going over the fiscal cliff could have for basic biomedical research. One Nobel laureate’s letter will be sent each day in the hope that our political leaders will take heed of the warnings posed by these scientific luminaries.

ASBMB, as a part of the CLS, is proud to be a part of this effort to encourage legislators to avoid the fiscal cliff. Not only are we glad to be involved, but we applaud the CLS for organizing its well decorated membership to speak out on this important topic. Nobel laureates are important advocates for our community. These scientists are passionate about their work and the functioning of the research enterprise as a whole. Furthermore, a Nobel laureate’s words carry weight in Washington, where it can sometimes by difficult to be heard over the din of groups clamoring for attention.

How can you get involved? Check out our new Take Action! webpage or contact ASBMB Director of Public Affairs Ben Corb for more information.

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