By: Jennifer Plank
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
What Science Tells Us About the Safety of Genetically Modified Foods – Despite wide use within the United States, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remain a subject of hot debate. While such a debate exists, little energy is spent on discussing the extensive studies that have already been done to demonstrate their safety. A group of Italian scientists published a review of manuscripts testing the safety of GMOs and came to two distinct conclusions. 1- GMOs are safe for human consumption. 2- While GMOs do not pose a risk to human health, they can potentially harm the environment. (John Timmer)
Today’s Nobel Prize Winner Had His Research Cut by the NIH – This week, James Rothman (along with Randy Schekman and Thomas Sudhof) won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine demonstrating the importance of basic research. However, with recent budget cuts, many basic research projects have lost funding- including the project that was the basis for Rothman’s Nobel Prize. Rothman now hopes that the project will be refunded if he applies again in the future. This article discusses the importance of funding for basic research. (Jennifer Welsh)
How the Shutdown is Devastating Biomedical Scientists and Killing Their Research – Last week, I highlighted the overall effect that the shutdown is having on research. This article includes an interview with an anonymous PI who is discussing how the shutdown will affect him and his specifically. (Brandon Keim)
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