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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 330

American Chemical Society: Federal shutdown undermines US innovation and critical services

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

WASHINGTON.American Chemical Society President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D., said the budget impasse is effectively choking America’s science innovation pipeline, strangling new discoveries, future economic growth and job creation.As a result of the shutdown, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will issue no new grants or cooperative agreements for innovative scientific research, and no continuing grant increments for existing projects will be provided, effectively suspending or completely halting critical research efforts. NSF recalled scientists from the U.S. Antarctic Research Stations on Tuesday; they will lose an entire season of research, which stands to impact hundreds of research projects in which we have already invested millions of dollars.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has had to recall furloughed workers to deal with an outbreak of salmonella that was traced to a poultry producer in California and has sickened hundreds of people in 18 states.The National Institutes of Health has closed its cancer clinics, interrupting the treatment of hundreds of cancer patients.And reports indicate that many of the Department of Energy national laboratories will be closing, beginning as early as Oct. 13, if Congress cannot agree to a continuing resolution or a budget.


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