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When linkurl:Research!America;http://www.researchamerica.org/ polled the US public in July on biomedical research and health care issues, 70% of registered voters who participated believed that the country's primacy in biomedical research is slipping. Almost half believed that the country must boost linkurl:NIH funding;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53288/, and more than half supported federal funding for linkurl:embryonic stem cell research;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/2

Alla Katsnelson
When linkurl:Research!America;http://www.researchamerica.org/ polled the US public in July on biomedical research and health care issues, 70% of registered voters who participated believed that the country's primacy in biomedical research is slipping. Almost half believed that the country must boost linkurl:NIH funding;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53288/, and more than half supported federal funding for linkurl:embryonic stem cell research;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23895/. The results also showed that only 11% of respondents knew their Congressional representatives' positions on issues relating to medical, health and scientific research, and just 14% knew their representatives' positions on health care. So the group -- whose board of directors includes Eugene Garfield, the founder of The Scientist -- turned the questions on Congress, and created a Web site called linkurl:Your Congress - Your Health;http://www.yourcongressyourhealth.org/ where Congressional members have the chance to answer a number of questions and offer commentaries that explain their positions. The site also identifies members who decline to respond. The first two...

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