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Fight For Your Right to Research

As scientists in the UK face potential budget cuts of nearly £1 billion — which the Guardian says "would entail the loss of significant numbers of postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, creating a 'lost generation' of scientists and engineers and draining innovation from the economy" — former Liberal Democrat spokesman Evan Harris says that "scientists must fight for their funding." He writes that "cuts to science do not just mean a hiatus in some experiments: they force highly qualified individuals to go abroad or leave research." If forced to leave science, he continues, "the nature and speed of global research is such that these people will not be able to resume their careers a few years later when investment picks up again." This, Harris says, will have resounding impacts as the UK's top competitors "are increasing, not cutting, their investment in science and technology as a key part of the return to growth ... over both the short and medium term."

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.