The National Institutes of Health -- the happy recipient of about $10 billion from the recently-passed economic stimulus bill -- is staring down the barrel of another year of flat funding, according to the draft linkurl:FY2009 budget; released yesterday by the House of Representatives.

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The FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act includes a paltry 3% increase to NIH's FY2008 budget. The bill indicates that $30.3 billion will go to the NIH "for lifesaving research into diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer and diabetes," which only amounts to a $938 million increase above 2008's budget, "so that NIH can capitalize on unprecedented scientific opportunities with almost 10,600 new research grants." Howard Garrison, a spokesperson for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), told __The Scientist__ that the '09 NIH budget did not come as a surprise. "It's not a healthy increase," Garrison said, "but it is an increase....

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