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in health and medicine. By this time, the institutes were on-going and the Science Foundation would be started with a very small amount of money.

Q:

What arguments did they use in order to try to bring this about?

Lasker:

Oh, it was just organizational and arbitrary.

Q:

It would save money perhaps?

Lasker:

Well, it wasn't that specific.

We did, indeed, finally escape from this anxiety and the National Science Foundation has not been a large factor in medical research although they have some fellowships in the field, I believe. But the Science Foundation has supported science in universities generally and although it started with a very small appropriation of something like 6 or 7 million dollars in 1950, it now has, as of fiscal '63, 360 million dollars, which is a fairly substantial amount of funds for general research in science.

Q:

What sort of rapport is there between the National Science Foundation and the Institutes?

Lasker:

As far as I know, they have very little to do with each other.

Q:

Even though the Science Foundation does indulge in grants for





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