Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: I agree with Drs Schechter and Rettig
that clinical research enriches basic science. However, I am concerned about
their proposal to alter government funding from the current 2:1 ratio of basic
science to clinical research. I agree with Schechter and Rettig that most
basic research does not find an application in clinical medicine; that is
exactly why we have to do so much of it. Unless we uncover the fundamental
rules of cell behavior, we are very unlikely to find useful applications or
desperately needed new drugs.
Nathan DG. Funding Priorities for Medical Research—Reply. JAMA. 2002;288(7):832. doi:10.1001/jama.288.7.828
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