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Panel Hears Ideas for Overhaul of NIH

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Science  09 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5583, pp. 917-919
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5583.917a

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Last week, an Institute of Medicine panel that's begun investigating whether to trim the National Institutes of Health's 27 centers and institutes heard comments from current and former NIH directors. Two out of three said NIH would be better off if it were more centralized. But a former member of Congress who guided NIH funding injected a dose of reality, saying that it will be difficult to overcome political pressures to maintain the status quo.