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All About the Benjamins

DrugMonkey lists how people with an interest in the biomedical sciences should speak with their representatives in the legislature -- and it's mainly about money. First, find out how much NIH money flows into your state and where your state ranks (first place in 2007 went to California with 7,357 awards totaling $3,163,252,176); with a little more work, you can find the funding level for your congressional district. Then, tell your representative how this funding is helpful to the state or district. "I think it is always good to construct a story about the importance to the district. Generalized arguments about the global benefits of science are nice but...all politics is local," DrugMonkey writes.

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