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A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives has proposed keeping the US National Institutes of Health's budget exactly where it is, says ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The committee released a draft of a spending bill with a proposed flat NIH budget of $30.6 billion in 2013 — $100 million less than what a Senate appropriations committee approved in June.

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