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Science  20 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5602, pp. 2308
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5602.2308a

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NAPLES-- Italian researchers are reeling this week after legislators approved a 2003 budget that could shutter some national facilities and threaten Italy's contributions to major international research centers. The parliamentary vote came after days of heated debate in the Senate, punctuated by outraged researchers demonstrating noisily outside and a mass resignation by university rectors, who say that a written commitment to adequate funding is the only thing that will bring them back. No agreement had been reached as Science went to press, however.