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Austerity could slow scientific advances in the US

Research can be hurt for years by sequester cuts

WASHINGTON — One of the few things Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in recent years is that the government should be spending more on basic scientific research, the sort of research that has played a role in everything from mapping the human genome to laying the groundwork for the Internet.

‘‘Government funding for basic science has been declining for years,’’ Mitt Romney wrote in his 2010 book ‘‘No Apology.’’ ‘‘It needs to grow instead.’’

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