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Lobbyists Seek to Reslice NIH's Pie

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Science  18 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5311, pp. 344-346
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5311.344

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You might think this would be a year of harmony in the loose-knit coalition of groups that advocate increased funding for biomedical research. After all, they have already received a sympathetic hearing for their number-one priority: to double the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by 2002. But, as disease lobbies begin testifying this week to a House appropriations subcommittee, several groups are making aggressive public appeals for a larger slice of NIH's pie for their own areas. NIH officials say their arguments are simplistic and potentially damaging.