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AIDS Bill Would Boost Research

WASHINGTON—Federal funds for AIDS research would be funneled more quickly into labs and clinics under a comprehensive AIDS bill introduced May 15 by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). The bill would ensure the timely review of research proposals, train more researchers, set up a network of AIDS research centers and create an NIH advisory board. Stepping up the pace of research is one aspect of a proposal to provide "new resources and new mechanisms to put the nightmare of AIDS behind us,"

Amy Mcdonald
WASHINGTON—Federal funds for AIDS research would be funneled more quickly into labs and clinics under a comprehensive AIDS bill introduced May 15 by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). The bill would ensure the timely review of research proposals, train more researchers, set up a network of AIDS research centers and create an NIH advisory board.

Stepping up the pace of research is one aspect of a proposal to provide "new resources and new mechanisms to put the nightmare of AIDS behind us," declared Kennedy, who is chairman of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee that oversees most federal health programs. His bill also targets education and prevention, care and treatment, and voluntary testing and counseling.

"This is a $900-million bill, with some adjustments for research," Kennedy said at a press conference. He noted that the Senate 1988 budget resolution authorizes an additional $400 million for AIDS efforts for a...

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