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Government Spurns Human Genome Effort

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Science  09 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5545, pp. 1261
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5545.1261a

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MOSCOW-- As most nations rush to mine the riches of the human genome, Russia is moving to eviscerate its 12-year-old National Human Genome Program (NHGP). Science has learned that the science ministry plans to strip the NHGP of its special funding status and fold the money into a general pot for basic research. Beyond imposing a 50% cut in direct spending on genome research, the move will affect millions of dollars in other research activities that the genome program helped to manage.