WASHINGTON--The US Congress has agreed to increase funding for the controversial new Plant Genome Initiative by $40 million in fiscal 1998, which began October 1. The new funds are in addition to the $20 million already budgeted for plant genome research, and account for a significant portion of the overall $114 million increase in the National Science Foundation's budget for next year.

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