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Is Global Collaboration The Future Of Medicine?

Eric Lander is pictured at the Here & Now studios on Mar. 16, 2016. (Jesse Costa)

Eric Lander is pictured at the Here & Now studios on Mar. 16, 2016. (Jesse Costa)

Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement last year that he was launching a National Cancer Moonshot, funneling money and talent into a cure for cancer, sparked a lot of discussion in the research community. The question: What can be done to turn cancer into a manageable disease?

Cancer isn’t the only disease being looked at in a new light. President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative – backed with $200 million – calls for research into other diseases as well, including mental illness. It aims to find treatments suited for individuals, recognizing that treatment is no longer one-size-fits-all.

But how do you do that? And what else has to change to make a difference in patient outcomes? Here & Now’s Robin Young discusses this with Eric Lander, who is founding director of the Broad Institute, a biomedical and genomic research center recently recognized by President Obama for three projects that fall under the Precision Medicine Initiative.

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