NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – At a gathering of the full US Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, leaders of several of the largest US federal science agencies gathered to make their case that basic research and development should receive sustained and stable investments, even as Washington endures continuing budget battles.

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