– Reiner Maria Rilke, the first line of The Duino Elegies
You may recall I wrote about the condition of biomedical research a while ago: Of Federal Research Grants and Dancing Bears.
The NIH, the sole major funding source for such research, has stagnated for the last decade. People are trying to get a measly single-digit increase this year to staunch the bleeding. To get considered, the relevant petition must gather 25,000 signatures by this Sunday, March 18. If you care about basic research or therapeutic applications, follow this White House link. You will need to create an account, but the only thing they request are your name and e-mail. You can also boost this signal, if you wish. This part of the future may still be in our hands, if we don’t sit passively by. Thank you.
Image: Allies, Susan Seddon Boulet.