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BP Research Dollars Yield Signs of Cautious Hope

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Science  08 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6120, pp. 636-637
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6120.636

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An unusual interdisciplinary conference held in New Orleans was the first public meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a nonprofit organization that is disbursing $500 million donated by oil giant BP to scientists over 10 years. The peer-reviewed grants cover a broad range of areas, such as the modeling of ocean currents, the chemistry of oil dispersants, and the biological impact of petroleum. Many of the researchers got their grants from GOMRI just a year ago and have preliminary findings that sketch a picture of ecosystems that are beginning to recover from one of the world's largest marine releases of hydrocarbons.