Cornerstone of Science: Policy and Regulation

The New York Academy of Sciences

Vital to the progress and safety of scientific advancements are the policies and regulations that underlie them.

Much news has been made of the closures of public parks and historical monuments around the U.S., but the science sector has also been impacted by the recent shutdown of the U.S. government. With temporary furloughs of tens of thousands of workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, for example, the short- and long-term effects of the shutdown remain to be seen.

The shutdown throws into sharp relief the relationship between science and government and the importance of informed policy and regulation to keep the public safe, healthy, and progressively moving forward. . . .

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