The scientific community is taking action to prevent drastic funding cuts that will be triggered on Jan. 2, 2013, if the US Congress can't agree on a plan to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

Sequestration would shave $2.4 billion from the National Institutes of Health's 2013 budget and $456 million from the National Science Foundation, according to an analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science conducted earlier this year.

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