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Norman Augustine writes that three years after the National Academy issued its The Gathering Storm report that advocated doubling the federal funding of basic research, or, at the very least, protecting the health sciences from inflation, Congress tried and failed to pass the needed changes. "Where were the voices of those who understand the dire consequences of these actions?" Augustine asks.

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