Congressional Myopia: Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

April 23, 2015 9:10 PM

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Many in the scientific community lament that the purchasing power of the National Institutes for Health has decreased 25 percent over the past decade. Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: "We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority." It's a startling example of political myopia -- valuing short term savings over long-term commitment and an investment in greatness.

Consider the economic and social impact of medical breakthroughs: In 1976, a 34-year-old Harvard medical school graduate, Alfred Sommer, conducted research in Indonesia and discovered that deficiencies in vitamin A could make children blind and fatally susceptible to infectious diseases such as meas...

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