Attacks on Science

Published Jan 20, 2017 Updated May 12, 2021

The Trump administration and 115th Congress actively dismantled science-based health and safety protections, sidelined scientific evidence, and undid progress on scientific integrity.

Below is a running list of attacks on science—disappearing data, silenced scientists, and other assaults on scientific integrity and science-based policy. The list provides a representative sample of threats to the federal scientific enterprise.

Attacks on science

Gloves hands holding a petri dish.

Fetal Tissue Research Blocked by a Biased Advisory Committee

13 out of 14 NIH grants submitted since September 2019 that involve fetal tissue are likely to be rejected based solely on the recommendations of the Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Related resources