As the global economy continues to linkurl:falter; -- taking funding opportunities and linkurl:life science companies; with it -- even the mighty Bill Gates is tightening his belt. __The Wall Street Journal__ linkurl:reported; yesterday (Nov. 24) that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which linkurl:funds; a lot of research on diseases in the developing world, will trim grant spending in the coming year. Details are sparse, but the organization said that it would increase grant funding by only 10% in 2009, less than previously envisioned. CEO Jeff Raikes, linkurl:wrote; on the foundation's website that, "The financial crisis is affecting everyone, from our foundation to our partners. We know that it has hit our grantees, and the people they're trying to help, especially hard." Raikes also wrote that the foundation would try to cut costs elsewhere. "We have always tried to be great stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to...

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