FAS Roundup – March 6, 2020

By March 6, 2020

From the bench to the beltway—a scientist’s journey to public policy
FAS president Ali Nouri shares his career path from conducting genetic experiments in a lab to writing legislation in the US Senate in Developmental Biology: “At the time, and as a scientist, I was learning that data and objectivity are everything. But in foreign policy, and for a decision as monumental as going to war, evidence seemed to be the last thing decision makers cared about.”

Trump’s coronavirus musings put scientists on edge
“I’m afraid it becomes clear as each day goes by that the president’s initial dismissal of this threat was wishful thinking and not well-founded,” Steven Aftergood, tells Politico. “And we need the most competent and best equipped medical experts to be leading the response.”

Feds: Mystery witness will implicate ‘Putin’s chef’ in election interference
“If the mystery witness is someone who met Prigozhin, then there is certainly a likelihood Priogzhin knows who he or she is,” Steven Aftergood tells Politico about investigations into election interference. 

The Federation of American Scientists is providing factual information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit our Coronavirus Project page for scientist-led analysis and myth-busting.  If you are a scientist and would like be a part of our network of experts, or if you have more questions not answered on our webpage, reach out to sciencepolicy@fas.org for information.

CDC and FDA leaders expect more COVID-19 novel coronavirus testing capacity to be coming online
If you missed this week’s Senate HELP Committee hearing, or want to learn more about the CDC and FDA response to COVID-19 see the latest readout from the Congressional Science Policy Initiative.

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