Cuts to the NIH's budget slated to take effect automatically March 1 would cost the nation hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic production, United for Medical Research estimates. The effect on cancer research would be particularly grim, advocates said at a press briefing. "The frustrating reality is that our ability to deliver on the promise of science to patients is in great jeopardy due to both a decade of stagnant budgets and the looming threat of sequestration," said Jon Retzlaff of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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