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We need better drugs — now

TEDMED 2012 · 14:40 · Filmed Apr 2012
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Today we know the molecular cause of 4,000 diseases, but treatments are available for only 250 of them. So what’s taking so long? Geneticist and physician Francis Collins explains why systematic drug discovery is imperative, even for rare and complex diseases, and offers a few solutions — like teaching old drugs new tricks.

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Geneticist, physician
A key player in the US' new brain-mapping project, Francis Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health. Full bio

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