The science world won't soon forget the shutdown

10/18/2013 |

The federal government shutdown has ended, but the effects on the scientific world will be lasting. Among the long-term effects of the federal shutdown will be the euthanasia of lab animals, many because of overcrowding. Important food-safety response efforts were hampered amid a West Coast salmonella outbreak, and disease surveillance was drastically reduced, cutting into influenza monitoring and other public health threats. Even future research was affected, with grant proposals piling up untouched through the shutdown.

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