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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH
The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically. President Donald Trump, in his "skinny budget" release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH's budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency. The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week. "This…