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San Diego Cancer Research At Risk As Sequestration Looms

Evening Edition

Above: Dr. Thomas J. Kipps, deputy director for research at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego, and Jimmy Jackson, vice president of public policy at BIOCOM, talk to KPBS about how sequestration will impact San Diego's life science industry.

Aired 2/20/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Dr. Thomas J. Kipps, Deputy Director for Research at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego

Jimmy Jackson, Vice President of Public Policy at BIOCOM

Transcript

Sequestration is a word that's been heard a lot around San Diego, mainly when it comes to military cuts. The automatic spending cuts, set to go into effect March 1, have the potential to greatly impact our region. That's unless lawmakers find compromise.

Cuts in grants to medical life and research that our region depend on could also be impacted. According to the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants for research in California amount to more than $3.9 billion a year and pay the salaries of 63,000 people.

One local researcher tells KPBS that sequestration could hurt research, those who benefit from its discoveries and hamper future discoveries.

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