The number of US National Institutes of Health-funded investigators fell by about 1,000 last year, according to calculations by Jeremy Berg, associate senior vice-chancellor for science strategy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh. The NIH budget was trimmed some 5 percent, or about $1.55 billion, by the sequester.

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