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Perfecting the Art of the Science Deal

Science  04 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5518, pp. 830-835
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5518.830

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Spurred by fierce competition for government cash and a desire to shape regulations, scientists and their institutions are shedding their traditional distaste for politics and deploying dozens of lobbyists in Washington and spending millions of dollars to press their case. The techniques have helped the science lobby enjoy unprecedented success, including three successive years of double-digit growth in the budget of the National Institutes of Health. Biomedicine's success has produced tension in the community, however, as researchers from less favored fields scramble to catch up. And additional victories may be harder to achieve.