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Research group backs Obama on science

  |   Jan. 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM
BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientific group says it supports President Obama's State of the Union call for increased investment in scientific and biomedical research.

The president noted innovation has played an important role in this nation's history and holds promise for addressing the many challenges the country faces. "Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America's success," he said Tuesday night in calling for investment in education, scientific infrastructure and research.

Obama got no argument from William T. Talman, president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

"We wholeheartedly agree with the president's emphasis on education and research," Talman said in a statement released by his group Wednesday.

"We are especially pleased to hear that he will make investment in biomedical research a priority in his 2012 budget.

"This will promote innovation, create new technologies, improve health, and revitalize the economy."

Talman also hailed the president's emphasis on basic research and the importance of public funding for the investigation of fundamental scientific principles.

"This work leads to dramatic breakthroughs but does not receive sufficient support from the private sector because its applications are not always immediately apparent," he said.

"FASEB will enthusiastically support President Obama's vision."

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