The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research

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The Atlantic

By: Mark Micheli

Two-thousand thirteen will go down as one of the least predictable—and most political—years in history for American medical research.

In the spring, sequestration—across-the-board budget cuts—wiped out more than 5 percent of fiscal-year 2013 budgets of government agencies that fund research and development, with the promise of more cuts over the next decade. The 16-day government shutdown in October wreaked further havoc, as scientists were told to put their work on hold while Congress got its act together. Now, nearing the end of a roller-coaster year, legislators are providing some relief (albeit with a side of whiplash) by swiftly passing a budget deal that heads off another shutdown and reverses many of the impending mandatory budget cuts. 

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