Shutdown Deadline Extended - Take Action Now
Although Congress approved the NIH’s funding for the current fiscal year, it has yet to do so for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Unless Congress acts before December 21st, NSF and several other agencies will shut down when their funding in the current Continuing Resolution expires. Contact your members of Congress today and tell them to finish their work and provide robust funding for NSF in 2019.
Input Your Feedback on the Draft Report from Working Group on Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking input on the draft report by the 21st Century Cures Act Working Group on Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research. The draft report is a coordinated effort of the Director of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and is open for public comment until February 5, 2019.
AMP’s Love, Care, Progress – Second Installment Video
December 5, 2018 | Americans for Medical Progress
Watch AMP’s latest video that highlights the critically important role of nonhuman primates in health research. Viewers will hear from several voices including a scientist, an IACUC director, a veterinarian and an animal care operations manager. Each of these participants share their insights and appreciation for the nonhuman primates they care for daily.
Trump Emphasizes Workforce Training in New Vision for STEM Education
December 3, 2018 | Science
The U.S. government needs to partner with industry and community organizations to train more Americans for jobs in an increasingly high-tech work environment. That’s the key message in a new 5-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education released today by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
Science in the News
Using Graphene to Detect ALS, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
December 5, 2018 | University of Illinois at Chicago
The wonders of graphene are numerous — it can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles and revolutionize batteries. Now, the “supermaterial” may one day be used to test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — a progressive, neurodegenerative disease which is diagnosed mostly by ruling out other disorders.
Understanding Formation of Neurons in Adult Brains
December 5, 2018 | Baylor College of Medicine
A team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Heart Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital has developed a powerful new approach to understand the formation of new neurons in the mammalian adult brain. Published in the journal Cell Reports, this work opens exciting new pathways that can be further developed to repair malfunctioning brain circuits.
Dads, Not Just Moms, Can Pass Along Mitochondrial DNA
December 3, 2018 | Science News
Some dads have broken a textbook genetic rule. Fathers in three unrelated families passed mitochondria — tiny energy factories found in cells — on to their children, researchers report.