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Researchers fight sequestration plans

imageDr. Larry Corey is a virologist and infectious-disease specialist who devoted years to a yet-unfulfilled quest for an HIV vaccine.

But the president of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center lately has been preoccupied with a vexing challenge of a different sort: the $85 billion fiscal ax known as sequestration.

Corey is one of hordes of advocates for various interest groups who have been descending on Washington, D.C., to argue against the spending cuts, a mandatory diet planted in 2011 as a poison pill to encourage a deal — which never materialized — to reduce the deficit in exchange for raising the federal debt ceiling.

Click here to read more from this March 23, 2013 Seattle Times article by Kyung M. Song.

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