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NIH Urged to Fund Centers to Merge Computing and Biology

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1742
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1742

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) should fund a new network of interdisciplinary research centers that would boost the number of computer-savvy biologists, an advisory panel recommended last week. The advice, which drew a positive reaction from NIH chief Harold Varmus, is contained in a report that lays out a road map for the $16 billion agency in biocomputing, an emerging interdisciplinary field that the panel said has been neglected by academia. But it does not spell out how much NIH should invest in the field, nor how the money should be spent.