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NIH Budget Cuts Looming

If you care about science, then contact your representatives and ask them to oppose the Republican NIH funding cut proposals. As JuniorProf notes, most of the leads in terms of therapeutics are happening in the public sector, not the private sector. While you’re at it, how about mentioning the CDC too? Thank you.

The success of a European MRSA surveillance network shows just how stupid, foolish, and short-sighted the Obama Administration’s decision to cut CDC antimicrobial resistance surveillance is. But let’s turn this frown upside down campers, and look at the really cool website the European Staphylococcal Reference Laboratory Working Group set up.

(from here) By way of Maryn McKenna, we find that the Obama Administration has decided to massively cut the funding for the CDC’s antimicrobial resistance and vaccination efforts. I thought this was the kind of anti-science bullshit that the Bush Administration did. From the IDSA (pdf): Under CDC’s proposed budget, the agency’s already severely strapped…

Who coulda thunk it? There are two frustrating attitudes held by a fair number of antibiotic resistance/infectious disease specialists about MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). First, some argue that we really shouldn’t be focusing on MRSA, since it’s already evolved–the cat is out of the bag. Never mind that this particular cat kills more people…

From the NY Times, the blame game begins: At a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security argued that they were right not to put immune-boosting adjuvants in the…

I came across this post decrying the choice of Ralph Frieden as CDC director due to his “bluenose moralizing.” Here’s part of the argument:

Re Swine Flu: Thank You, Marc

For keeping the big picture in mind when it comes to influenza–as the CDC decides to proceed with seasonal influenza vaccine production:

Tamiflu, Influenza, and Resistance…

…Oh my? The CDC is being very smart about this issue. As long time readers of this blog will know, the Mad Biologist is very concerned about the evolution of resistance to antibacterials (antibiotics) and antivirals. One such antiviral is Tamiflu which is used to treat influenza infections.

Republican Senator Susan Collins went along with Karl Rove and cut or eliminated funding from the stimulus package for pandemic influenza spending. While Democratic Congressman Obey was able to restore $50 million for infection reporting, all state and local funding was eliminated. Nicely done, ‘moderate’ Senator Collins (italics mine):

More Senator Nelson/Blue Dog Budget Insanity

Via Greg Sargent, we learn that Blue Dog Democrat Senator Ben Nelson is still a repulsive person.