Issues

Issues

Extending Human Life with Senescent Cell Treatments

Research into senescent cells could result in extended human lifespans and significant policy implications Improved housing, sanitation, and healthcare have significantly increased humans’ life expectancy, and biomedical advances have the potential to further extend people’s lives. The life expectancy of a person born… Read More

DNA for Data Storage and Retrieval

To reduce the burden on traditional data centers, improving on DNA data storage could be the key The pace at which data – such as photos, videos, and social media posts – are being generated is ramping up drastically, exceeding the scaling limits… Read More

Safeguarding Benchtop DNA Synthesis

Benchtop DNA synthesizers could become more ubiquitous, and it’s up to policymakers to chart the way forward The genetic blueprints for humans, plants, disease-causing bacteria, and all other living things are written in DNA, and machines capable of synthesizing DNA are becoming more accessible… Read More

Pentagon Sees “Increased Potential” for Nuclear Conflict

The possibility that nuclear weapons could be used in regional or global conflicts is growing, said a newly disclosed Pentagon doctrinal publication on nuclear war fighting that was updated last year. “Despite concerted US efforts to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in international affairs and… Read More

FAS launches new Science Council in collaboration with Congressman Bill Foster

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), in collaboration with Congressman Bill Foster (D, IL-11) and his office, has launched a new Science Council to: Scale up the capacity of Members of Congress and their teams for policy work on pressing science and technology (S&T) issues; Facilitate the contribution of… Read More

COVID-19, advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing, and the U.S. supply chain

Innovative manufacturing techniques can expand the production of drugs and medical supplies in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant disruptions in global supply chains, and policymakers are now strategizing around how to ramp up U.S. supply chain resiliency. Everything from beef to toilet paper became more difficult… Read More