As Cuts Take Effect, Unease Takes Hold in the Lab

As Cuts Take Effect, Unease in the Laboratory 3

U. of Kentucky Research

Michael Reid and a graduate student work on an NIH-sponsored project at the U. of Kentucky on treatments for muscle weakness. Potential budget cuts as a result of the federal sequestration are a "pervasive, underlying stress on biomedical researchers," he says.

At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Michael B. Reid frets that a senior scientist might retire from research to work in patient care. At the University of California at Riverside, Frances M. Sladek fears she may have to lay off her longtime cell-biology lab assistant just three years shy of retirement, costing the woman a sizable chunk of her pension. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barbara Entwisle worries that a researcher might have to end her