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NIH finds a few new friends in budget chill — UPDATED

At a moment in which US politicians are seeking to outdo each other as proponents of fiscal restraint, it is relatively rare to find senators speaking up to defend spending on an agency. But today, roughly a third of senators are doing so on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asking the Senate’s spending chiefs to protect the $30.8 billion biomedical agency as they negotiate its 2012 budget in the next few months.

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