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Rodricks finds the wrong villain in Ebola research debate
Rodricks finds the wrong villain in Ebola research debate

Dan Rodricks is, as the saying goes, entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. In "Vigilance for viruses comes at a cost" (Oct. 19), Mr. Rodricks recites one scientist's complaint (in a Huffington Post interview) that research support from the NIH was on a "10-year slide." This is not true. As the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact pointed out on Oct. 17, the NIH budget grew 9 percent, from $28 billion in 2004 to $30.5 billion in 2009, with the portion funding research on infectious diseases following a similar trend. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, NIH's budget was trimmed to $29.3 billion by 2013 — still 5...

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