- News Home
5 December 2013 11:26 am ,
Vol. 342 ,
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
- 5 December 2013 11:26 am , Vol. 342 , #6163
- About Us
1999 NIH Budget to Soar
19 October 1998 7:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Biomedical researchers had to wait a long time to learn the new budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--but nobody's complaining. Tomorrow Congress is expected to begin voting on the last package of spending bills for the fiscal year that began 3 weeks ago, and it contains a 15% increase--roughly $2 billion--for NIH.
"I've been on a high all day," said William Brinkley, president of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, noting that the $15.6 billion budget for 1999 exceeds his fondest wishes. "We worked hard for this," he added. "I think we're seeing the fruition of a lot of active participation by individual scientists going to Washington."
The NIH funding is part of a massive, 4000-page omnibus appropriation bill that was still being finalized by harried congressional staffers. It tacks together eight of the 13 annual spending bills that had become mired in election-year politics. Legislators had already approved, and the president has signed, budgets for the rest of the government (Science, 9 October, p. 209).
All of the NIH institutes will receive hefty spending boosts, topped by 22% for the National Human Genome Research Institute. The bill also provides $50 million for a new Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, including "not less than $20 million for peer-reviewed complementary and alternative medicine research grants and contracts." Elsewhere in the bill is an unexpected $210 million boost in research spending for climate change and renewal energy, much of it at the Department of Energy, and $204 million for the Advanced Technology Program run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.