One Year After: Hunt for NIH Funds Fosters Collaboration

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Science  06 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5587, pp. 1630-1631
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5587.1630b

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As a result of last year's terrorist attacks and anthrax mailings, Congress is now debating President George W. Bush's request for $1.75 billion for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to fight bioterrorism. The 2003 request, a 2000% increase from the institute's pre-11 September budget for bioterrorism, represents an unprecedented commitment to increase understanding of organisms that can be fashioned into terrorist weapons, and getting a slice of the pie has become almost a full-time job for some.