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Cutting science budget would be “Neanderthal” behaviour, expert says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5217 (Published 29 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5217
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The UK government would be behaving “like Neanderthals” if it cut the science budget sharply in the spending review due in November, the president of the Royal Society, Paul Nurse, told a briefing at the Science Media Centre in London on Tuesday 29 September.

Rumours of a 25-40% cut in spending by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, which holds the purse strings, have alarmed the science lobby. Nurse said that he did not believe that such deep cuts were contemplated for spending on research and development but that if they happened “they would destroy the scientific endeavour” in the United …

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