Position paper by the Italian Society of Biochemistry: Basic and applied science at the time of COVID‐19

A reflection on the effect of the current Covid-19 pandemia on basic scientific research and what the public expects from it, published by the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in collaboration with the Board of the Italian Professors of Biochemistry; comments are most welcome.

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The current Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all aspects of our societal life, including the relationship between how basic scientific research is actually carried out and what the public expects from it. The expectations and beliefs of the public are of extreme importance and they may inform political decisions impacting on research funding and direction; thus it is necessary that scientists try to inform the public on what can be realistically expected from basic research, and why it is irreplaceable.

The Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB) published an open contribution on this point, which can be reached on FEBS Letters at the link: https://febs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1873-3468.13927


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Andrea Bellelli

Prof., Sapienza University of Rome

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