Science policy news weekly update: March 17, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. President Donald Trump’s recently released budget proposal calls for a $54 billion increase to defense spending while drastically cutting nondefense spending. Nondefense spending cuts encompass federal funding for the nation’s…

Science policy news weekly update: March 10, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. President Donald Trump recently released his 2018 budgetary plan. In this plan, one thing was clear: All nondefense spending will be subject to massive cuts. Trump’s plan calls for a…

Science policy news weekly update: February 24, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. This past week, the American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in Boston. At this meeting, AAAS held a session on the prospects for science policy…

UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case

Previously we reported on the ongoing battle for intellectual property patent ownership of the CRISPR gene-editing technology between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. In this case, UC Berkeley challenged multiple patents filed by the Broad Institute on the grounds that they…

Science policy news weekly update: February 10, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB is now accepting applications for our annual student/postdoc Hill Day! Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill day   President Donald Trump’s travel…

Science policy news weekly update: February 3, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? One of President Donald Trump’s major campaign promises has been estimated to have a price tag of $15 billion or more. The ASBMB’s policy analyst,…

Science policy news weekly update: January 20, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, gives a brief explanation of the ASBMB’s position regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant reviews.…

Science policy news weekly update: January 13, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses how science would benefit from separating federally funded research and politics. We must shield federally funded research from…

Science policy news weekly update: January 6, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of feedback from the ASBMB’s PAAC regarding the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan. ASBMB’s PAAC provides…

Science policy news weekly update: December 23, 2016

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy fellow, Andrew Stothert, gives an overview of the ongoing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hearing regarding patent ownership of the CRISPR/Cas9…