The US research enterprise and federal investment into that enterprise is getting smaller, says the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

"Unfortunately, the research enterprise that has yielded so much in the past and that offers so much promise for the future is now under tremendous strain," FASEB says in a new report. "Research budgets have not kept pace with expanding opportunities and rising costs."

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