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Vigilance for viruses requires money, bipartisan support
Vigilance for viruses requires money, bipartisan support

Last year, I interviewed both Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the virus that causes AIDS, and Dr. Alfred Sommer, whose work on vitamin A deficiency is credited with saving millions of lives around the world. Without prompting, both men expressed profound concern for biomedical research: Washington, they said, had stopped supporting it at levels commensurate with national and global need, forcing young doctors to choose other careers and causing research gaps that could have dire consequences. As the Ebola virus kills a frighteningly high percentage of those who contract the disease in West Africa, and as officials in the U.S. work to contain it and develop a vaccine, those warnings...

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