Sequestration: inadvertently killing biomedical research to score political points
1 Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
2 Center for Computational Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
3 McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Genome Biology 2013, 14:109 doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-3-109Published: 27 March 2013
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The US Congress just allowed the 'sequester' to happen, which means they cut the national budget for biomedical research by 8.2%. What happened to most people? Nothing. As many pundits have already written, the sky didn't fall, and the economy didn't collapse. 'We must cut spending!' they say, 'and look: nothing happened.'