WASHINGTON, DC (GenomeWeb News) – Sandwiched between President Barack Obama's speech on Monday at the National Academies of Science, in which he called for an "historic investment" in basic science, and the expected arrival of the White House's budget proposal for 2010, the American Association for the Advancement of Science met Thursday to discuss the past year's funding surprises and the climate of R&D spending in an uncertain economy.

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