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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology knows that the decisions of our government affect biomedical and scientific researchers.  Each year the Congress and the President decide how much money will be allocated for research in agencies like the NIH, NSF, DOE, USDA and others.  Federal rules governing stem cell research, gene patenting, or conflict of interest dictate how scientists must go about their research and what they can do with their discoveries.  When teachers, school boards, universities and others make decisions about science education, it affects our ability to train the next generation of scientists who will make the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow.

ASBMB’s public affairs office is on the ground, in the trenches, keeping you informed about what’s going on in Washington and advocating for the biomedical and scientific research community.  This blog will keep you up to date with the news affecting our community.

But ASBMB wants to hear from you!  Using the blog, you’ll be able to comment on articles and posts and tell us what you think.  We want each of our more than 7,500 members and the biomedical community at large to feel free to comment on the items they see on this page.  Our success as advocates will continue to rely upon the enthusiastic support and input of our members and the community.

Check back frequently for news and discussions about current science policy issues.  We look forward to a vibrant and ongoing discussion.

What’s with the name?

Whether southern, northern, or western, biochemists and molecular biologists will already be familiar with blots.  These laboratory techniques are invaluable tools for visualizing biological molecules.  But long before biochemists were “blotting,” people used books know as “blotters” to record events or transactions.  More recently, police “blotters,” or scanners, report recent arrests and events over the airwaves.

With these reporting techniques as its inspiration, the Policy Blotter will record the news, thoughts and opinions of the biomedical research community.  Stay tuned!

Opinions

From time to time, writers and commenters on this blog may share their opinions on recent news and events.  Unless explicitly stated, these are the opinions of the individual authors and not ASBMB in general.  Let the discussion begin!

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  1. Thanks for providing a convinient information source for science policy updates! One suggestion: I, and I’m sure many many others, would love to see added coverage of policy decisions affecting the SBIR programs. Historically, the academic and industrial worlds of science have been somewhat at odds with each other over limited funding resources. However, now it may be much more fruitful for scientists of all flavors to focus a clear message on the public and their representatives: reductions in federal science funding will have significant adverse consequences for america.

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