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Science  11 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6155, pp. 161
DOI: 10.1126/science.1246719

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On 1 October, more than 800,000 workers in the U.S. federal government received notices that they should not report for work “until further notice.” The federal government is effectively closed for business while the two branches of the U.S. Congress argue about whether a continuing resolution to fund the government until mid-November should defund health care reform in the process. Those laid-off workers include tens of thousands of government scientists deemed “nonessential.”