NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – As the US federal government’s fiscal year ends in two weeks and the 2009 budget is not yet inked on the legislative schedule, the Senate may soon consider giving a $500 million buttress to the National Institutes of Health as an addition to its fiscal 2008 funding.

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