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Federal Bill Promotes Biological Engineering Research

Federal Bill Promotes Biological Engineering Research 

Name: Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020

Bill Number: S 3734 

The Bioeconomy Research and Development Act would advance areas of research “at the intersection of the biological, physical, chemical, data, and computational sciences and engineering to accelerate scientific understanding and technological innovation in engineering biology.” At a time when funding for research has been cut, this bill would prioritize federal funding and a coordinated research initiative in an area of scientific development that typically does not rely on animal models.

Biological engineering considers issues of human health, looking for solutions to problems that can be manufactured to improve health outcomes or assist in living, such as the development of artificial limbs that can function as replacements for human hands or legs. NAVS is a strong proponent of scientific achievement, and this bill has the potential to advance a type of research that does not rely on unethical and unpredictable animal models.

A similar bill, HR 4373, the Engineering Biology Research and Development Act, passed the U.S. House last year, but has not moved forward in the Senate. This new bill could give a boost to biology engineering legislation and reprioritize federal research funding toward exciting and humane research.

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Invest in the future of innovative, human-relevant science in the U.S.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for S 3734, The Bioeconomy Research and Development Act, which would advance areas of research "at the intersection of the biological, physical, chemical, data, and computational sciences and engineering to accelerate scientific understanding and technological innovation in engineering biology."

At a time when funding for research has been cut, this bill would prioritize federal funding and create a coordinated research initiative in an area of scientific development where U.S. leadership is in danger of being eclipsed by foreign research efforts.

Biological engineering considers issues of human health, looking for solutions to problems that can be manufactured to improve health outcomes or assist in living, such as the development of artificial limbs that can function as replacements for human hands or legs. This is an exciting and fast-moving scientific field, and this bill will help ensure that the U.S. has the resources to invest in its development.

As an animal advocate, it is also important to me that this exciting realm of biological engineering is also one where animal research is a low priority, instead emphasizing the use of human-relevant models for the development of human solutions.

I hope that I can count on your support of this investment in the future of biological engineering in the U.S.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]