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Biomedicine, defense to sidestep budget ax

A massive tax cut, a record defense budget, and a swipe at the congressional pork barrel are putting the squeeze on most categories of science and technology funding for next year.

In President Bush's fiscal year (FY) 2002 budget request, released April 9, overall research and development (R&D) funding would grow by 3.7 percent, to $95.1 billion in 2002. Nonetheless, the budgets of almost all top civilian R&D agencies would shrink. Only the National Institutes of Health would come out a winner.

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