Researchers Take on a New Role: Advocate for Profession, Science

Scientists pride themselves on being objective purveyors of information. For some, this may seem at odds with delving into the world of public policy, where politics and spin seemingly reign supreme. For others, advocating on behalf of their profession and speaking up about the importance of science is model behavior for researchers. "Collaboration between our leading experts in science and technology and Congress and federal agencies is the only way that public policy decisions will be made using sound science," said Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, in a statement. "When drafting policy or regulations, we need to solicit advice from a spectrum of experts—from universities, nonprofits, industry, or scientific and professional societies—who deal in the issues every day." Of course, scientific knowledge is not the only factor weighed by lawmakers (politics and personal values also play an important role) but science can and should be part of the decisionmaking equation, according to those who work both inside and outside the system. Members of the biological sciences community are stepping up across the nation to participate in the legislative process. Their engagement spans a range of activities, including meeting with lawmakers in the nation's capital, consulting with local decisionmakers, and participating in letter-writing campaigns. Lida Beninson, a PhD candi...
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This study compared the effects of different dietary energy contents (11.3, 12.0 and 12.7 MJ ME/ kg feed) fed ad libitum in a feedlot on the carcass quality characteristics (carcass yield, commercial yield, 3-rib cut) of goats introduced to feedlot at 22.2 ± 3.5 kg (18 weeks of age), and slaughtered at five week intervals. The energy content of the finisher diets had no effect (P > 0.05) on any of the traits measured. However, the time spent in the feedlot influenced (P 
Source: Small Ruminant Research - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Ticks and Tick-borne DiseasesAuthor(s): Alessandra Ésther de Mendonça, Raiana Gonçalves Moreira, Maria da Penha Henriques do Amaral, Caio Márcio de Oliveira Monteiro, Valéria de Mello, Fernanda Maria Pinto Vilela, Fernanda Cristina Mendonça Homem, John Furlong, Cláudia Dolinski, Márcia Cristina de Azevedo Prata, Evelize Folly das ChagasAbstractThis work aimed to investigate candidate biological control agents against the cattle tick Rhipicephalus microplus by studying three entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) isolat...
Source: Ticks and Tick borne Diseases - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
Conclusions: B cells and NK cells closely correlate with patients' condition and may help to diagnose AP more accurately and reflect treatment effect of AP in time, affecting the recovery speed of patients with M-AP, which may help physicians to better understand the pathophysiology of pancreatitis. PMID: 30881449 [PubMed]
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Conclusion: H. pylori-induced follicular gastritis is considered as an additional risk factor for bleeding from gastric varices. PMID: 30881448 [PubMed]
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
In this study, MHC-1 and PDL-1 score in primary and metastatic tumor cells was evaluated in 43 gastric cancer patients with lymph node metastasis. According to our results, the primary tumor PDL-1 score was correlated with the number of metastatic lymph nodes (r = 0.258; p = 0.024) and primary tumor size (r = 0.341; p = 0.045). A similar correlation was found between the primary tumor PDL-1 score and the metastatic tumor PDL-1 score (r = 0.213; p = 0.015). In our study, MHC-1 was found to be higher in primary tumors than metastatic tumors, although not statistically significant (p = 0.054). The results of our study showed ...
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Conclusion: EA and MB were able to regulate the concentration of CRH in serum and protein expression in the peripheral and central at different levels and promote the recovery of the HPA axis that may be the basis for EA and MB to improve colonic pathology and alleviate anxiety behavior in DSS-induced colitis. PMID: 30881446 [PubMed]
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Authors: McCarthy AJ, O'Reilly SM, Shanley J, Geraghty R, Ryan EJ, Cullen G, Sheahan K Abstract Background: As the malignant potential of sessile serrated lesions/polyps (SSL/Ps) and traditional serrated adenomas (TSAs) has been clearly demonstrated, it is important that serrated polyps are identified and correctly classified histologically. Aim: Our aim was to characterize the clinicopathological features of a series of SSL/Ps &TSAs, to assess the accuracy of the pathological diagnosis, the incidence, and the rate of dysplasia in SSL/Ps &TSAs. Methods: We identified all colorectal serrated polyps b...
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Veterinary MicrobiologyAuthor(s): Victoria E. Watson, Megan E. Jacob, José M. Bruno-Bárcena, Sophia Amirsultan, Stephen H. Stauffer, Victoria O. Píqueras, Rafael Frias, Jody L. GookinAbstractTypical enteropathogenic E. coli (tEPEC) carries the highest hazard of death in children with diarrhea and atypical EPEC (aEPEC) was recently identified as significantly associated with diarrheal mortality in kittens. In both children and kittens there is a significant association between aEPEC burden and diarrheal disease, however the infection can be found i...
Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Veterinary ParasitologyAuthor(s): M.A. Laiño, M.V. Cardinal, G.F. Enriquez, A. Alvedro, M.S. Gaspe, R.E. GürtlerABSTRACTNew vector control tools that can fit into a broader integrated vector management strategy are notably lacking. We conducted a seven-month randomized trial to assess the efficacy of a single oral dose of Fluralaner (Bravecto®) administered to dogs on the blood-feeding success, engorgement levels and mortality of pyrethroid-resistant and -susceptible Triatoma infestans third- and fifth-instar nymphs. The trial included 10 Fluralaner-tr...
Source: Veterinary Parasitology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Veterinary ParasitologyAuthor(s): Dave M. Leathwick, Christian W. Sauermann, Craig R. Reinemeyer, Martin K. NielsenAbstractA model was developed to reproduce the dynamics of the parasitic stages of equine cyathostomins. Based on a detailed review of published literature, a deterministic simulation model was constructed using the escalator box-train approach, which allows for fully-overlapping cohorts of worms and approximately normally distributed variations in age/size classes. Key biological features include a declining establishment of ingested infective stage larv...
Source: Veterinary Parasitology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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