Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 12, 2016 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 12, 2016

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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted a summit
in Washington, D.C. to discuss the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise.

Summit proposes steps toward biomedical workforce sustainability (Science)

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit (ASBMB Policy Blotter)


U.S. President Barack Obama released his fiscal 2017 budget proposal for funding the federal government.

Budget 2017: Mandatory spending dims prospects for Obama’s budget (Science)

NIH gets a flat 2017 budget—if Congress can find another $1.8 billion (ARS Technica)

Budget Contains Partisan and Widely Accepted Health Proposals (Morning Consult)

Obama makes risky bid to increase science spending (Nature)

Budget 2017: Read our round up of Obama’s science funding requests (Science)

NIH Director Defends Jump in Mandatory Spending (Morning Consult)

Budget breakdown: What the White House wants to spend money on (The Washington Post)

Obama Submits Science-Boosting Budget (The Scientist)

NIH Budget Proposal Alarms Advocates (GEN)

Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks (ASBMB Policy Blotter)

Obama proposes billions more for medical research (Washington Examiner)


The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will not introduce companion legislation to the U.S. House’s 21st Century Cures. Instead, the HELP committee will vote on smaller biomedical research bills that have bipartisan support.

First Round of Medical Bills to See Committee Votes (Morning Consult)

Senate looks for path forward on medical innovation bill (The Hill)

HELP Committee Approves First Round of Medical Innovation Bills (Morning Consult)

Senate Panel Wants to Create NIH Fund for Cures (Morning Consult)

Big Questions Could Stall Medical Bill Before It Starts (Morning Consult)

Senate panel debates funding for medical research (Washington Examiner)

Amid funding dispute, Senate biomedical innovation effort teeters ahead (Science)

Senate Panel Punts on Big Medical Bill (Morning Consult)

Overnight Healthcare: Senate to ditch House-passed ‘cures’ bill (The Hill)


U.S. President Barack Obama directed his health and security teams to “accelerate research efforts” on Zika virus. Obama has called for Congress to provide $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued additional travel guidelines related to Zika virus for Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Health officials make case for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding (USA Today)

NIH officials accelerate timeline for human trials of Zika vaccine, saying they will now begin in the summer (The Washington Post)

Biologists: Let’s sic ‘gene drive’ on Zika-carrying mosquitoes (STAT)

$1.8 billion to fight Zika: CDC moves to highest alert level (The Washington Post)

Updated: Obama wants nearly $2 billion in emergency aid to combat Zika (Science)

Official: Zika vaccine could be here by end of 2017 (Washington Examiner)


U.S. Health Agencies Intensify Fight Against Zika Virus (NPR)

U.S. Launches ‘Full-court Press’ for a Zika Vaccine (TIME)

We’ve Neglected Diseases Like the Zika Virus for Too Long (TIME)


The United Kingdom’s Human Fertilization and Embryo Authority approved the request of a researcher to use CRISPR-Cas gene-editing technology to perform germline gene modification in human embryos.

U.K. Approves First Studies of New Gene Editing Technique CRISPR on Human Embryos (TIME)

In a world first, UK scientists just got approval to edit human embryos (Vox)

Gene editing: As Britain OKs research, what are the facts? (TechWire)

Ethical and Societal Questions Loom Large as Gene Editing Moves Closer to the Clinic (JAMA)

How the World’s Governments Have Regulated Human Genome Editing (Bio IT World)

Editing policy to fit the genome? (Science)


U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address and charged Vice President Joe Biden with leading an initiative to cure cancer.

Cancer ‘Moonshot’ For Our Generation (Forbes)

White House wants $1 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer moonshot. Where will it come from? (Science)

Powering our progress against cancer (The Hill)

Overnight Healthcare: Biden’s billion-dollar bet against cancer (The Hill)

Biden’s Cancer Task Force Holds First Meeting at White House (Morning Consult)

Obama seeking $1 billion for ‘cancer moonshot’ (The Hill)

Obama administration wants $1 billion to jumpstart Joe Biden’s cancer ‘moonshot’ (STAT)

The Vice President Is Working On a “Moon Shot” To Cure Cancer. We Have a Rocket Ship Ready To Go. (Huffington Post)

Biden kicks off anti-cancer push (The Hill)

Why Joe Biden’s call for a ‘moonshot to cure cancer’ may not be far-fetched (The Guardian)


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology released a set of recommendations aimed to enhance rigor and reproducibility of biomedical research.

FASEB issues recommendations on reproducibility (EurekAlert!)

New Recommendations On Life Sciences Reproducibility (Science 2.0)

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