Are you thinking about going into scientific research after you finish your college degree? Perhaps you just want to know a little about what your taxes are spent on? That’s right, many scientific research facilities are government funded. That means that your taxes are being spent on these science projects that you probably have very little knowledge about. So let’s jump right in with some interesting facts about scientific research you probably didn’t know.

Amazing Facts About Scientific Research

It Costs A Fortune

Yes, scientific research is costing our government an absolute fortune. People might complain about the amount spent on the military. But each year millions of dollars are spent on scientific research. Why is it so expensive? Most research studies are quite complex. Even the studies that are run in the confines of the university take a lot of time and planning. Not to mention tools and apparatus used for methods like cell culture. Cell culture is the process of separating a cell from an animal or plant for study. Make no mistake, to get it right requires a lot of apparatus that you’ll most likely be paying for from your taxes. That’s not to say this spending isn’t important. It’s these types of studies that are leading to cures for some diseases and advances in medicine.

It’s Highly Ethical

Many people worry about scientific research and how ethical or moral it is. There’s a lot of talk about whether it’s right to conduct studies on animals and humans. Even psychological studies are questioned in the press and the media. What many people do not know is to even get a study commissioned researchers must be given the okay by an ethics committee. These are a group of prestigious scientists or superiors who cast the deciding vote on these studies. You might be worried about the ethics of something like stem cells. But while the debate rages on in the press it’s also carefully considered by scientists. Ethics are just as important to them as they are to you.

It’s Further Ahead Than You Think

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? You might be surprised just how far ahead scientific research is unless you catch every science story reported. Did you know that researchers in the UK have been given the go-ahead to test human genetic modification? Before the geeks get excited, this isn’t the first step towards creating a superhero. It’s more to do with breeding humans who are genetically immune to rare diseases. Though I’m sure many people will question whether this is playing God, the advantages of success in this area can not be denied.

You may also be amazed to learn that there have been tests to splice the genes of animals and humans. As well as this, many researchers believe successful human cloning has occurred in parts of the world. Though perhaps not legally. The reason for this? The tech and knowledge to do this are available and have been for some time.

We hope we’ve shed some light on a part of society that doesn’t get as much press as it should.