NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The long-looming approach of the end-of-year deadline to avert a federal 'fiscal cliff' - the combined expiration of major tax cuts and enactment of across-the-board cuts to federal discretionary spending - has spurred the US research community into action as they have pressed for a deal that would spare science spending.

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