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The fate of whether the results of government-funded research should be freely available to the public is part of what's on the table as members of the US Congress meet to finalize the health and human services appropriations bill, reports the Washington Post. Proponents of the bill say that the public shouldn't have to pay for the research twice — first through taxes and then to the publisher.

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