Due to the current crisis in Washington regarding the budget, appropriations and debt ceiling, federal funding for cancer research is in jeopardy. Due to the sequester, cancer research may take a 6.4% cut for this fiscal year. Additionally, these cuts, along with the uncertainty of continued federal research funds, makes the field of cancer research less stable and therefore less attractive.
See an article in Politico regarding statements by the NIH Director, Frances Collins here
See an article in Forbes about the current effects on research funding here
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