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Funding Crisis Grips Genome Research

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Science  16 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5277, pp. 867
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5277.867a


Canada's genome program, which leapt out of the starting blocks with great promise 4 years ago, is suddenly struggling to stay on its feet. It was plunged into crisis this summer as the Canadian government followed through on a 4-year plan to cut research budgets. The chief contributor to the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology program (CGAT)—a ministry called Industry Canada—said it cannot give CGAT any more support. Other agencies are trying to scramble up some funds, but without a big backer, the $22-million, 5-year program, which has funded everything from mapping of human chromosomes and sequencing mouse immune system genes to research on social issues, will soon run out of grant money.