Monday, January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown Effects on Life Science Research

The US Government shutdown has widespread ramifications that go beyond the unfortunate government employees considered non-essential who will be out of a job until Congress decides to re-fund the Government. A good example is in life science research. With the Government shutdown, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have had to furlough much of their staff: for the NIH and the CDC, this amounts to about ¾ of their employees. Depending on how long the shutdown extends, this can affect academics waiting to hear of NIH grant awards as these agencies control all aspects of awarding and dispersing grants. Perhaps more dire from an economic perspective is that when NIH and CDC researchers are not in their labs, the industry that supports their work with consumables, reagents and instrumentation will be adversely affected. Please Congress, come to an agreement for funding our Government!

By: BioTek Instruments

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