In the summer, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 15 partner organizations conducted a survey of over 3,700 scientists from all fields of research. Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity chronicles the effects of budget cuts and sequestration on scientists from around the nation.
The lack of research in immunotoxicology, environmental health and immunology will affect the safety all of the new biological drugs being made, especially immune system modulators, and will affect studying the mechanism … of environmental insults, such as pesticides, allergens, air pollution, and heavy metals like mercury and cadmium, affecting the study of autism, asthma and cancer research.
- Assistant Professor from the Public Health Research Institute in New Jersey
The investment in science research by the federal government directly benefits the American people. The advances made in research labs lead to innovative technological and therapeutic discoveries that launch companies and entire industries. With sequestration and flat funding, discoveries for alternative energy and disease prevention, among others, are delayed. If the government returns to its strong investment in science research, scientists will continue their groundbreaking investigations and the American people will ultimately lead healthier and more productive lives.
Our fusion experiment, with around 120 people, is being terminated. (Thirty-five) layoff notices have been given, including (ones for) scientists with decades of experience. Many more are expected soon. The field is in decline across the U.S. The choices are changing fields or leaving the country.
- Principal Research Scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Science and Fusion Center
The federal investment in science research has ensured that the U.S. was a leader in pioneering discoveries. With sequestration and flat budgets, the U.S. is reducing its support for research, while other countries are increasing their investment. This leads to U.S.-trained scientists leaving to establish labs in foreign countries and abdicating research leadership to foreign countries. With the end of sequestration and an increase in the federal budget for science funding, the U.S. can maintain its position as a leader in scientific research.