House cancels vote on bill to raise federal spending caps
Leadership from the U.S. House canceled a vote on a bill April 9 that would raise the federal spending caps for fiscal year 2020. The cancellation comes amid disagreement between moderate Democrats, who say the increase is too high, and progressive Democrats, who say it is too low. House leaders are now negotiating with their U.S. Senate counterparts for a bipartisan solution to increase federal spending caps. Read more here.
NSF asked about its policies to address threat from foreign entities
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate finance committee, sent the National Science Foundation a letter asking the agency about its policies to prevent foreign scientists from stealing NSF-funded data. The letter mirrors the one sent to the National Institutes of Health in August and is part of a crackdown on foreign influence in science. Read more here.
Some patient advocates resist calls to ban gene editing of embryos
While the science community largely supports a ban on gene editing in human embryos, some patients with genetic disorders that can be treated with gene editing and their advocates are calling on the community to reconsider its stance, arguing that the technology could prevent genetic diseases affecting millions of people. Read more here.