The precision medicine vision is a beautiful one. For all the health benefits it promises to each and every one of us, implementing it should be a billion-dollar idea. Sadly, this new initiative feels like a dream that was shrunk to an unduly diminutive size. Maybe that was just to make it more likely to get through Congress without much debate.
You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.
After years of funding cuts and neglect, the critical components of our public health infrastructure responsible for tracking, monitoring, and ultimately preventing or curing Ebola -- the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control -- have been forced to respond to this potential crisis with severely constrained resources.