NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a speech to the National Academy of Sciences this morning, US President Barack Obama argued his case for increasing funding in basic science, particularly increases in the White House's budget proposal for 2010, and a plan to double the budgets for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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