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Scientist warns Trump budget cuts to basic research could “devastate American innovation”

Jun 21, 2017

Filters with different species of algae, ready to be analyzed for the chemical content.
Credit Katherine Hunsberger

President Trump's budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year continues to send shock waves through the scientific world.

Scientists are warning that the huge cuts in federal science funding pose a threat to our country's role as a world leader in scientific research and innovation.

At special risk under the Trump budget is basic scientific research, the type being done by University of Michigan ecologist Meghan Duffy. She's a public engagement fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Listen to Stateside’s conversation with Duffy above to learn how funding for basic science leads to “research that’s more directly, immediately applicable to people.”

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