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Balancing the Science Budget

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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 952-955
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.952

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President Clinton's final budget proposes a hefty increase for basic research and tackles a growing imbalance between biomedical research and the rest of science. It's a far cry from his first year's budget, which emphasized the need for applied research to help U.S. companies buffeted by increased foreign competition and the end of the Cold War. So far, the back-to-basics approach is drawing rave reviews from science groups, although it remains to be seen what will happen as the proposal makes its way through Congress.