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Mass. medical researchers’ funds at risk

Civilian, defense grants crucial

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts’ hospitals and research universities, twin pillars of the state economy, face a double-barreled threat from looming cuts in federal funding if lawmakers do not compromise on a plan to curb the national debt by the end of the year.

Not only does Massachusetts face deep cuts in medical research grants from agencies like the National Institutes of Health, but also in health research funded under a little known Defense Department program.

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