In a little less than three weeks, a federal budget
sequestration, which would have severe consequences for agencies that fund scientific
research, will take effect unless a deal can be made between Republicans and
Democrats. That’s a pretty discomforting sentence to write.

Discussions on the effect of sequestration on
science research tend to focus on academia, and rightly so, since it will be the
academics that are most directly impacted. But that is just the beginning—a
very bad beginning—to the ripple effect that sequestration would have. Private
companies that depend on the research industry would also be hit, and those
companies are making sure that their concerns are heard.

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