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Taxpayer-funded medical research is gaining bipartisan support

A man stands in front of a screen projecting bubbles and which makes it possible to find a balance following a problem of the inner ear. Photo: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are planning to give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) an additional $2 billion toward their budget this year, which will be the third year in a row they have decided to do so, per the NYT.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats struggle to find common ground on health care, but there's bipartisan support for (and fascination by) medical research "with advances in fields like molecular biology, genetics and regenerative medicine," NYT notes.