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he big research initiatives launched by President Barack Obama should have enough momentum to keep rolling in the coming years, even if President Donald Trump doesn’t prioritize them, leading advocates for science said Wednesday.

Obama, a self-described “science geek,” announced the BRAIN Initiative, which aims to dive down to the cellular level to understand the workings of the human brain, in 2013. The Precision Medicine Initiative came two years later; it seeks to collect detailed health data from at least a million volunteers to fuel research on a variety of diseases. Both projects are housed in the National Institutes of Health.

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