Health advocates wince as hatchet starts to fall

The US was now applying “the same meat axe to its support for science and technology as it does to most of the discretionary budget [and] we somehow imagine that this is good fiscal policy”, National Institutes of Health director Dr Francis Collins said.

Instead of a one in three chance of being funded, researchers will this year have only a one in seven chance, he warned.

Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have