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Dr. T. Royle Dawber, was the director  of the Framingham Heart Study, from 1949-1966. He checks an X-Ray in his office on April 7, 1952. (Frank C. Curtin/AP)
Dr. T. Royle Dawber, was the director of the Framingham Heart Study, from 1949-1966. He checks an X-Ray in his office on April 7, 1952. (Frank C. Curtin/AP)

The Framingham Heart Study is considered one of the most important research projects in medical history.

Over the last 65 years, data from the study has been used to develop and test technologies and treatments that have saved millions of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs.

But now, the mandated across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, are dramatically reducing federal funding for the research.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Bruce Gellerman of WBUR reports.

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This segment aired on September 11, 2013.

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