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Science  06 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5391, pp. 1015-1018
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5391.1015

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LONDON-- The British government announced in July that it would pump an additional $1.1 billion into science spending over the next 3 years; last week, it released the details of how this new largess will be allocated. Among Britain's six research councils, which distribute most of the government's funding for basic research, the biggest increase--6.8% above inflation--will go to the Medical Research Council, which has said it would spend part of its increase on three major new initiatives: in mouse genetics, cancer research, and the study of the human form of mad cow disease. But the council responsible for particle physics and astronomy is slated to get no significant increase in real terms, although it will be able to maintain its commitments in international projects.