Down, Down

With the sequester and other budget woes in the US, 2013 was a trying year for federally funded biomedical researchers. The US National Institutes of Health has updated its Data Book with figures from 2013, and as Sally Rockey, the deputy director for extramural research at NIH, notes at her Rock Talk blog, pretty much all of the numbers are down from 2012.

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