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Gene Jocks, Data Crunchers Hit Jackpot

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Science  01 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5497, pp. 1669-1671
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5497.1669

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LONDON-- Unveiling its science spending plan for the next 3 years, the U.K. government last week announced major new investments in three key areas: tracking disease genes, leveraging the Internet for data analysis, and supporting emerging industries such as nanotechnology and bioengineering. Although these programs cut across a range of disciplines funded by the U.K.'s science councils, the government also bestowed a long-anticipated gift on astronomers: membership in the European Southern Observatory, which will give U.K. researchers access to the world's largest optical telescope.