Science policy news weekly roundup: December 5, 2014

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to esiebrasse@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

Funding

President Obama calls for more money to fight Ebola (USA Today) President Obama visited the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday to speak about the progress that has been made to combat Ebola and the need for additional funding to end the ongoing outbreak in Africa.

Congressman urges increased federal investment in medical research (news release) Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., spoke on the House floor in support of the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, which he co-sponsored with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The bill would allow increased appropriations for the NIH.

Researchers at Brown University and other institutions are using a crowd sourcing website to generate funding for their projects.

Politics

Congress should make the R&D tax credit permanent (The Hill, opinion) The research and development tax credit was enacted in 1981 and has been renewed 14 times since. Although it expired in 2013, it is part of a tax credits package that recently passed the House.

Republicans are split on science (Washington Post) A new study shows traditional Republicans and Tea Party Republicans have little in common when it comes to their views on science.

Politics change but the battle against HIV continues (The Hill) Although election results may have an impact on healthcare funding, the last 30 years of HIV research have brought us to a point where patients can expect a normal life span, and there are many promising treatment strategies in the pipeline.

How science suffers during government shutdowns (Scientific American) Another government shutdown is unlikely to occur, but the 2013 shutdown negatively affected science in a number of different ways.

Congress, stop fighting scientific research (Roll Call, opinion) Social and behavioral sciences are important areas of research, which recently have come under fire by some members of Congress.

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