By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK research community may have had cause to exhale today as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron released a deficit-slashing spending plan that will freeze, but not directly cut, science spending at this year's level over the next four years.

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