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The U.S. Senate votes down a compromise measure to fund Zika due to unrelated policies on abortion funding attached to the legislation. Meanwhile, health officials warn that a lack of funding will prevent trials towards a vaccine and may worsen the impact of a possible crisis.
NIH has ‘no money’ to fight Zika (Washington Examiner)
Efforts to fight Zika fail as lawmakers play politics with looming health crisis (The Washington Post)
Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the Cancer Moonshot Initiative this week. During his inaugural summit, he challenged the research community to redouble its efforts in finding a cure and threatened funding of research projects that do not make study data publicly accessible as quickly as possible. The summit was not just an exercise in impatience but also contained an air of increased community with announcements of additional collaborations between the private and public sector.
Biden holding cancer summit to pump up support for “moonshot” effort (The Washington Post)
Biden threatens funding cuts for researchers who don’t report clinical-trial data (The Washington Post)
The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering are pushing the Obama administration to back down on new policies governing human research on anonymous biological specimens obtained during research trials.
The Senate commerce, science, and transportation committee will take up two bills which could have a lasting impact on the research community. The first seeks to reduce the administrative burden for federally funded research at U.S. universities. This bill comes in direct response to surveys showing that 42 percent of researchers’ time is spent doing administrative duties. The second bill looks to encourage the involvement of women and minorities in STEM by increasing their retention in STEM careers.
Researchers continue to make the case for increased and sustainable scientific funding.
The nation needs more investment in science research (Daily News)