U.S. Funding For Basic Scientific Research ‘Will Save Lives’

Washington Post: The March for Science could save lives
Editorial Board

“…Many of those organizing and participating in the March for Science [on April 22] say it is a statement of belief in the power of empirical discovery, and not an anti-Trump protest. It is fine to remain nonpartisan, but that should not mean being blissfully ignorant of the realities of politics. The battles to come in Washington over spending priorities could determine whether the United States will remain a global leader in scientific research. President Trump’s first budget, while declared dead on arrival in Congress, nonetheless starkly reflected his priorities. Along with cuts to environmental and climate science, [his] proposed [cuts to] the National Institutes of Health budget for fiscal 2018 … would send a wave of disruption through biomedical research efforts across the country and around the world. This research is a pillar of American strength in innovation and pays enormous dividends in fighting and preventing disease. As the Ebola research shows, the simple reality is that robustly funding basic science will save lives. That ought to be the basis for bipartisan agreement” (4/19).