By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A 2012 spending plan passed by the US Senate Appropriations committee late last week that would trim the budget of the National Institutes of Health by .6 percent to $30.5 billion would result in a cut of around 1 percent at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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