It seems no one is happy with the US debt deal — especially the research community. Both scientists and lobbyists say that prospective cuts in government spending may compromise disease research and hamper the careers of young researchers, say Bloomberg's Elizabeth Lopatto and Brian Faler. If Congress doesn't approve $1.5 trillion in cuts by Christmas, automatic cuts will go into effect that will affect NIH, NSF, and the US Department of Energy.

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