Lynn M. Marquis is the Director of the Coalition for the Life Sciences and Interim Director of Public Policy for ASCB.


ASCB Says NIH Budget Cuts Will Imperil Research Databases

FlyBase, WormBase, Saccharomyces Genome Database, ZFIN, Mouse Genome Database, and Rat Genome Database—these are all model organism databases (MODs). Essential tools for researchers, they are supported chiefly by grants from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). And they are all in danger, say  … Read more

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Congress and the NIH Spending Bill: The beginning of a beautiful friendship?

It turns out they like us, or so they say. Basic researchers should take note that for the second year in a row, U.S. Senate appropriators have declared funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority. In a resource-constrained environment, the Senate Labor-Health and  … Read more

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Postdocs Working 9 to 5?

A rule just released by the Department of Labor (DOL) may have an important effect on the jobs of postdocs. The new rule arises from a proposal that President Obama announced last summer to extend overtime protection to millions of Americans. The president directed the  … Read more

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The Shaming of Basic Research: Scientists Defend Themselves on Capitol Hill

For politicians, they were wastrels of public money. For talk show hosts, they were the subjects of can’t-miss jokes. They are scientists whose federally funded research had been held up for public shaming, and they finally got a chance to tell their side of the  … Read more

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Round Two of House Fetal Tissue Hearings Opens with Partisan Fisticuffs

With a bang of the gavel, round two of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigatory Committee on Infant Lives began on April 20. And just as quickly, a verbal sparring match erupted. The Select Investigatory Committee on Infant Lives was formed last summer after  … Read more

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Targeted by Wastebooks, Basic Researchers Fight Back on Capitol Hill

Last December, Sheila Patek, a Duke University biologist who studies the mechanics of movement in, among other organisms, the Panamanian mantis shrimp, had her worst fears realized. An email arrived at her lab from a producer at the ABC News show, Good Morning, America, saying  … Read more

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President Obama’s Budget Is Released with a Bang but Received with a Whimper

President Obama’s final budget, for FY17, was expected to continue the funding growth for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seen in the FY16 appropriations bill (which increased the NIH budget by 6.6%, or $2 billion). Surely, with a President so firmly committed to advancing  … Read more

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Watching a Congressional Hearing Turn into a Witch Hunt

Last week at a congressional hearing entitled “Bioethics and Fetal Tissue” before the Select Investigatory Panel on Infant Lives, I had a front-row view of a congressional hearing that quickly came off the rails. I should explain that as the Director of the Coalition for  … Read more

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Watching a Congressional Hearing Turn into a Witch Hunt

Last week at a congressional hearing entitled “Bioethics and Fetal Tissue” before the Select Investigatory Panel on Infant Lives, I had a front row view of a congressional hearing coming off the rails. I should explain that I am a science policy veteran of many  … Read more

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Public Policy Committee Plans for a Busy 2016

The ASCB Public Policy Committee (PPC) has long been a key participant in discussions of science policy issues that are relevant to the scientific community. As the Committee looks to the future, its goal is to maintain that high level of involvement in policy debates  … Read more

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