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Grants Evoke Squeals of Delight and Anger

Science  05 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5467, pp. 787-788
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5467.787a

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A $2 million grant last fall from the U.S. government's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) allowed scientists in the Virginia labs of PPL Therapeutics Inc. of Midlothian, Scotland, to continue working on a project that in March led to the first cloning of a pig from an adult cell. Last week government auditors issued a report questioning ATP's ability to plow new ground, reigniting a decade-long battle between Republicans and Democrats over the $200 million a year program. ATP supporters say that the report's methodology and conclusions are badly flawed, while Republican legislators say it proves the program is a waste of tax dollars.

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