In his FY 2009 linkurl:budget,; released this morning, President George W. Bush calls to freeze the National Institutes of Health's budget at linkurl:last year's level; of about $29 billion while shaving more than $370 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 budget. The president's budget also suggests decreasing research funding at the US Department of Agriculture by more than $350 million, but proposes increasing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) budget by 5.7 percent over last year, giving the agency $2.4 billion in FY 2009. Not surprisingly, life science research advocacy groups are decrying the president's slight to biomedical research. "Our continued progress in medicine and advances in health are dependent upon our investment in basic research," said Robert Palazzo, president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), in a statement released by the organization. In an linkurl:opinion piece; in __The Scientist__'s January...

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