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'Dueling Bills'

Many researchers have been busy protesting the proposed Research Works Act, a bill that would limit public access to research funded with taxpayers' money. But now, says ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser, a second group of lawmakers has proposed a "dueling bill" — the Federal Research Public Access Act.

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