As recent chatter and anecdotal evidence has begun to suggest that budget pains from the US federal budget sequester may be beginning to set in at universities and institutes around the country, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is encouraging scientists to take to Twitter to describe how the 5 percent whack to the budget has impacted them.

"I want to hear how the #sequester is affecting your biomedical research right now," Collins tweeted on May 7.

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