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Biomedicine Gets Record Raise as Congress Sets 2002 Spending

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Science  04 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5552, pp. 24-25
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5552.24

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This year's bumpy budget-making journey ended in a relatively smooth landing late last month with a record raise for U.S. biomedical science and increases for many other basic research budgets. While the final numbers are still being tallied, analysts expect overall government R&D spending to rise by more than 6%, to some $100 billion, in the 2002 fiscal year that began 1 October. Some of the money has strings attached, however, as lawmakers ordered up an unprecedented number of earmarks.