Boston area teaching hospitals and universities are bracing for deep cuts in the federal funding that has fueled biomedical research for decades, raising fears that breakthrough work on cancer cures, stem cells, gene therapy, and other research will suffer setbacks. The reductions would be felt most acutely in the labs of Harvard Medical School and its 16 affiliated hospitals, five of which rank among the largest recipients of grants from the $30 billion annual budget of the National Institutes of Health.
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