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Appropriators Bullish on Biomedicine

Science  21 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5269, pp. 1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5269.1733


A key House subcommittee last week approved a 1997 Department of Health and Human Services appropriation bill that would give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a budget increase of 6.9%—more than Congress allowed in 1996 (5.7%) and much more than the 4% the Administration is requesting. The bill—the first step in the appropriations process—would also give the NIH director more administrative flexibility, while curbing the authority of NIH's Office of AIDS Research. And it would partly lift a ban on human embryo research imposed earlier this year by Congress.