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  •  This is a nightmare! (12+ / 0-)

    I'm an hourly employee of the Census Bureau who probably won't get back pay, so when I heard that interview last night on NPR when one of those two bobblehead anchors joked with a furloughed employee  that since he be getting back pay it was like "being on an unscheduled vacation" I just wanted to SCREAM! They really are that stupid EVERYDAY

    Especially after hearing about this on f**king All things Considered:

    Federal research centers including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will have to cull some of the mice to prevent overcrowding while other specifically genetically modified lines of mice will die on their own because they must be constantly monitored by scientists. Many NIH researchers have been banned from their own laboratories due to the shutdown and therefore cannot do the necessary monitoring, scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore told National Public Radio (NPR). While the school is not affected by the government shutdown, NPR talked to scientists there who have experience with brief government shutdowns in the past. NIH research scientists are not doing media interviews.

    The loss of transgenic mice (mice that have genes that cause them to develop versions of human diseases) is especially bad because one of these mice can cost thousands of dollars to replace and some simply cannot be replaced.

    They will be throwing away millions of dollars in on-going research that CANNOT be replaced.

    I'd like to cull a few Representatives

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