The sequester, which is set to go into effect at the end of this week if US lawmakers don't come to an agreement to avoid the cuts, will lead to a 5.1 percent, or $1.6 billion, decrease to the National Institutes of Health budget. New grants, USA Today reports, would be particularly affected by the cuts.

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