The coronavirus pandemic has made the importance of sustained, world-class medical research more obvious than ever. The current pandemic is a powerful wake-up call, harkening back to Mary Lasker’s warning: “If you think research is expensive, try disease.” Her words resonate powerfully as we observe the tragic loss of life and devastation of the global economy wrought by a “once-in-a-100-year” virus that experts had repeatedly forecasted (e.g., The Coming Plague, 1994.)

 

 

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