According to a recent report many research institutes and medical scientists are competing for additional funding following a huge increase from President Obama in the budget for the National Institute of Health. Some are saying that being able to get additional funding could help with research into cancer, including helping to find a cure for the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.

Obama has increased the NIH budget by thirty percent, and the additional funds are now at the center of heated competition amongst medical scientists and researchers. As a result of the increased budget the NIH is able to increase funding for scientists and researchers across the country, according to reports.

It is thought that a lot of the funding will be put towards taking on new medical and scientific experts in a bid to try and further study a number of fatal diseases, such as mesothelioma, in the hope of finding a cure. Richard Marchase, President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, said: “So many important discoveries are on the cusp of being made.”

One institution that has put in a reported two hundred or so individual applications for increased funding is the University of Chicago, which said it would use the funding to further study lung tumours, breast cancer, and mesothelioma.

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