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Rural states seek to sap research funds from Boston

WASHINGTON — Two dozen rural states stretching from Maine to Mississippi and Montana are clamoring to increase their share of federal research dollars now disproportionately awarded to Boston-area institutions and scientists.

The effort, coupled with other National Institutes of Health initiatives, could mean less federal money would go to research powerhouses like Massachusetts, New York, and California. Some Bay State researchers fear it threatens Boston’s dominance and could diminish chances for national scientific breakthroughs.

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