NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The public access policy that the National Institutes of Health adopted last year, which requires that all NIH-funded investigators make their findings public within one year after they publish them in a journal, has now been made permanent.

The policy, which initially passed last year and was set to be renewed annually, was made permanent in the recent Fiscal 2009 Federal budget bill, which passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last week.

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