How the government shutdown is disrupting science


The longest-ever US government shutdown, which has caused 800,000 federal workers to go without paychecks, led TSA workers to call out sick and sparked protests across the country, is also having a negative impact on scientists.

Thousands of federal food inspectors and public health workers are furloughed and a wide range of scientific projects and tasks are now on hold.

The government agencies that are being hit by the partial shutdown reportedly include the US Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, where nearly all employees are on leave.

Last year, the National Science Foundation gave out $42 million in grants from Jan. 1 through Jan. 8 but this year it hasn’t given out any,according to a statement from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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