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Defending Against Bugs and Bytes

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Science  29 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5402, pp. 611-613
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5402.611

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President Clinton announced on 22 January at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., that he intends to ask Congress for about $2.85 billion to fight terrorist threats to the U.S. civilian population. If approved as part of his year 2000 budget, the antiterrorism package could provide significant support for a few areas of biomedical research, including vaccine development, genetic studies of human pathogens, and development of high-speed medical diagnostics. It would also give a boost to applied computer science.