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The ASBMB has been providing feedback to the National Institutes of Health regarding its Next Generation Researchers Initiative.
Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter discusses the White House memo with its priorities for research and development to guide federal funding.
A recent National Academies of Science report stated that the American biomedical research industry is not well-prepared for disasters like cyberattacks or hurricanes. After damages to infrastructure, equipment and data from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, no steps were taken to prevent future storms from inflicting harm. The report also lists recommendations for the community to mitigate damage from disasters.
A recent study is the latest to suggest that many animal biomedical experiments fail to take into account the differences in sexes. Researchers showed that more than half of quantifiable traits, such as height and metabolism, were different between male and female mice. Furthermore, single gene mutations resulted in more than 15 percent of quantifiable traits showing sexual dimorphism. This study highlights the perils of drug development using research based on a single sex.
The Discovery Channel is airing a documentary, called “First in Human,” detailing the involvement of individuals in clinical trials at the NIH. The documentary highlights the importance of these clinical trial in the development of treatments and therapies for many conditions. The documentary aims to fight misconceptions about participating in clinical trials.