NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has asked Congress to earmark at least $35 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health and a minimum of $7.96 billion for the National Science Foundation in fiscal year 2017, citing the importance of biomedical research to human health and the US economy.

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