WASHINGTON (GenomeWeb News) – Thousands of supporters of biomedical research, including scientists, patient advocates, and disease survivors took to the street in Washington, DC, on Monday to pressure Congress to restore funding for the National Institutes of Health that has been lost through the recent sequestration.

The crowd of between 10,000 and 12,000, as estimated by the American Association for Cancer Research, filled a lawn and one block of K Street at Mount Vernon Square, about a mile from the US Capitol dome.

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