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Japan Centers In on Genome Work

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Science  05 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5344, pp. 1700-1702
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5344.1700

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TOKYO-- From sequencing to large-scale nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, genomic research wins a big boost in Japan's new budget after years of lobbying for increased support by genome scientists. Despite frantic efforts to tighten its belt, the government has proposed a doubling of spending on genome-related research in 1998. The increases are spread across agencies and fields, and include one program that researchers see as breaking new ground in genome-related work. But some worry that the priorities are skewed.