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President Obama has recently called for a three-year freeze of all US federal, non-military employee salaries. But Mike the Mad Biologist says all this will do is "make things worse for research in the US." NIH program officers are already overworked and there aren't enough people to get the work done, he says, so this move will make morale worse and make retaining good people even more difficult.

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