While we need to celebrate the success stories in medical research that allow us to carry on our lives, we have more work to do. We must ensure that we continue to have a robust flow of scientific discoveries that we can then translate into better health.
The government funds a lot of weird and wacky research, something politicians occasionally point out. How's a scientist to respond? "Crazy-ridiculous" is expected in a functioning scientific community.
If the top thinkers in the world are attracted to the United States and its elite institutions of higher learning, either as a permanent resident or as a source of collaboration, how do we build on this enviable position?