NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Advocates for federal spending on biomedical research want to put a face on the pain inflicted by the long-term budget cuts and the recent sequestration that have struck the National Institutes of Health.

The 25 percent that has been eroded out of NIH appropriations over the past decade due to inflation, and the $1.6 billion that was hacked from its annual spending this year are "very abstract" numbers, Carrie Wolinetz, president of the group United for Medical Research, said in a conference call yesterday.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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