Thursday, June 12, 2008

Medical research is essential

PZ Myers has written a great entry on the need for medical advancement and research at Pharyngula. Though he concentrates on cancer research, he also highlights the overall lack of science funding and the need for medical research in general.
It's been drying up. Researchers are spending more time struggling to get basic funding and less time doing the work that saves lives, and more often than not, they aren't getting funded. Often, too, the researchers who are getting screwed are the new researchers, the ones who don't have established labs right now, which means we are short-sightedly demolishing our future research infrastructure.

I have to wholeheartedly agree with him. And it's one of the political movements I have no qualms writing about and pushing. Science needs to be at the forefront of funding and public dissemination.

It is my goal that at some point in the future, Maeflowers will be incorporated as a nonprofit, offering money to research that will advance mankind and our health. I'm far from that step, but knowledge is power. Stop by PZ's blog and read what he has to say. It'll be worth it.

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