This article has been updated with additional comments from an AAMC official.

By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – While the major scientific and research agencies in the US are facing some cuts under the budget agreement reached by Congressional leaders and the White House late last week, those cuts could have been much worse, according to policy experts.

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