NSF MCB and CHE Program Webinar

  Join the ASBMB for our first hour-long federal agency funding opportunity webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation highlighting opportunities in the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biology  and Chemistry. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 7. NSF provides 24 percent of all federal funding for basic…

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…

We must shield federally funded research from politics

  Most, if not all, scientists conduct research for the sake of the common good. Their research typically lacks a political agenda and seeks only to elucidate mechanisms of disease, develop new methodologies, or simply investigate the unknown.  Properly shielding scientific discovery from the jungle of the political sphere will benefit everyone, regardless of political…

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…

Who owns the CRISPR gene editing method?

On December 6, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began hearing arguments from The University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute, a joint collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, regarding the intellectual property ownership of the gene editing method known as the CRISPR/Cas system. UC Berkeley was the first…

Who will be the next director of the NIH?

  This January will not only mark a new year but a new administration and with that over 4000 new presidential appointees across the federal government.  One appointment that has the potential to either hinder or benefit the biomedical research community is that of the director of the National Institutes of Health.  The NIH, with a…

Science policy news weekly update: December 16, 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 analyst, Andre Porter, gives a summary of President-elect Donald Trump’s choices for his Cabinet. President-elect Trump’s Cabinet picks The ASBMB’s policy…