White House 2020 budget proposes deep cuts to science
President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 on Monday. The proposal cuts the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy Office of Science by at least 12 percent. However, the U.S. Congress has rejected Trump’s last two budget proposals and awarded billions to federal science agencies. Read more here.
NCI Director Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner
National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless will take over the Food and Drug Administration as acting commissioner after the resignation of Scott Gottlieb, who will be leaving in April. Sharpless has experience in the biotech industry and drug development, having founded two companies that have developed cancer drugs and blood tests. Read more here.
Scientists call to end gene editing experiments on babies
In a commentary published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, scientists from seven nations called for a moratorium on human gene-editing experiments using CRISPR technology. NIH Director Francis S. Collins supported the commentary in a separate interview. Read more here.
Private sector now employs almost as many Ph.D.s as educational institutions
According to the NSF survey of recipients of doctorates, the private sector employed 42 percent of Ph.D. holders, which is almost equal to the 43 percent employed by educational institutions. The number of Ph.D. holders in an academic, tenure-track positions has dropped 10 percent since 1997 to less than one-quarter . These numbers reflect a changing career landscape for Ph.D. graduates. Read more here.