The federal budget sequestration plan that is set to be enacted at the start of 2013 will have dramatic effects on National Institutes of Health funding, which is likely to see a 7.8 percent gash to its budget, resulting in less research money to the states and fewer lab jobs, according to United for Medical Research, an advocacy organization that works for enhanced federal support for bioscience.

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