A news item on WHYY FM in Philadelphia discussed the role of science investment in the economic recovery package. Research!American President Mary Woolley commented on the economic impact of the Harkin-Specter Amendment that would add $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Woolley: That 10 billion dollars could result in the creation of over 70,000 jobs over the next immediate several months up to two years.
Woolley says that a government investment also supports the private sector by doing the initial research that biotech and pharmaceutical companies then use in making consumer products
The audio of the program and the rest of the transcript are available here.