Zerhouni's 5 Percent

Here's an insightful article from the Wall Street Journal ($) on a shift in NIH funding policy recently signed into law by US President George W. Bush. The change, which has patient advocacy groups up in arms, essentially gives NIH Director Elias Zerhouni control over about 5 percent of the agency's budget -- rather than having 100 percent of the control reside with all of the separate institutes.

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