Last Wednesday, when all three networks covered the decline in the death toll from all forms of cancer, it was noted that federal funding for the National Cancer Institute was being cut just as its research was starting to pay off. CBS' Katie Couric delved into the implications in her In Focus feature. The NCI has never been able to approve all the research applications it receives--"money has always been tight"--so budget cuts merely increase the refusal rate. Couric argued that the lasting negative impact of the cuts was "a chilling effect on recruiting up-and-coming scientists" by sending the message that basic cancer research is no longer the field of steady annual growth it had been for the past decade.
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