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So, What Do You Contribute to the GDP?

British researchers have become worried about calls for their work to have an economic impact and say that it is difficult to know what basic research findings may lead to new technologies or otherwise have an impact on the economy, says Science Insider. A report from the U.K.'s Campaign for Science & Engineering and the Institute of Physics says that:

Some of the strategies to increase impact are based on the assumption that it is possible to predict impact by looking at measures of past performance or by hypothesising about the future. But there is little evidence underlying these assumptions and there are trade-offs and risks involved.

The campaign's director and report author, Hilary Leevers, also suggests that a Chief Scientific Adviser be appointed "to develop the evidence-base and lead a debate about the future direction of the government's economic impact agenda prior to the next spending review."

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.