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Opinion: Congress Should Act to Restore Research Funds

Federal funding crucial to scientific research has steadily declined over the years, but scientists are hoping that approval of a pending bill will restore basic research to a level that leads to major scientific breakthroughs.

Associate Professor Sung Jung uses mass spectrometers to measure protein in cancer cells at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Monday, February 11, 2013. Baylor College of Medicine received a $6 million CPRIT grant to purchase advanced laboratory infrastructure and pay researchers to measure all of the metabolites and proteins in cancer cells at the same time.

Federal funding crucial to scientific research has steadily declined over the years, but scientists are hoping that approval of a pending bill will restore basic research to a level that leads to major scientific breakthroughs. (Forbes)

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