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Will Britain's Coalition Wield the Funding Ax?

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Science  21 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5981, pp. 959
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5981.959

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The arrival last week of Britain's new coalition government, an unlikely union between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, has brought mixed emotions for U.K. researchers. There has been a generally positive response to the choice of government ministers responsible for science. But after 13 years of a Labour administration that greatly improved the lot of scientists, and with the government deficit at record levels, there is grave concern that research funding will be hit.