The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest independent funder of biomedical research, linkurl:announced; yesterday (Feb 5) that it will increase its spending from about £2.5 billion (roughly 4.9 billion USD) over the last five years to about £4 billion (roughly 7.8 billion USD) over the next five years. The trust said that it will put more money towards large-scale genetic studies, neuroscience research, and new technologies and facilities such as the linkurl:UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation.; The UK funding boost is cheerier news than President Bush's proposed linkurl:FY 2009 budget,; which cast a cloud over the future US science funding landscape earlier this week.

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