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The Massachusetts legislature is preparing its $1 billion life science bill that is supposed to reignite the state's biotech sector, but the bill is now laden with earmarks, reports the Boston Globe. Those include $49.5 million for a science center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a school without a science graduate program; $12.6 million for a highway; and $12.9 million for a sewage treatment plant.

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