A US Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill for 2012 that would decrease the National Institutes of Health's funding by $190 million to $30.5 billion, reports ScienceInsider. The bill would also create the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and dismantle the National Center for Research Resources.

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