LONDON--A three-year, £700 million science budget increase, made largely to support biomolecular and biomedical research, will also fund the creation of a national DNA database here. The plan was announced last month by Peter Mandelson, UK secretary of state for trade and industry.

Mandelson called the higher budget "solid evidence" of the government's determination to reverse the recent decline in spending for science, and reports stated that funding was intended to keep the UK competitive in human and other genomic research.

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