Importance Of Biomedical Research TI :

The May 30 edition of The Scientist carried the full text of an unprecedented document--a consensus statement endorsed by more than 150 diverse research organizations, professional societies, corporations, and other institutions--urging increased federal support for basic biomedical research. I fully support all of the points made in this statement, and I earnestly hope Congress and the Clinton administration take it very seriously as they navigate their way to a health-care reform program that truly benefits all Americans.

I was present in early March at a meeting sponsored by Research!America, an Alexandria, Va.-based biomedical research advocacy organization, at which both the concept of this document and much of its essential content were worked out during the course of several panel discussions. The panels were organized by Leon Rosenberg, former dean of the Yale University School of Medicine and now president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical...

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