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In his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama made mention of "subjects near to scientists' hearts," says Nature's News blog, which rounds up those subjects. In particular, Obama urged the support of basic research. "Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched.

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