How Do You Prove Your Relevance to Skeptical Politicians?
Focusing on results and applicability mitigates the chances of losing funding or being blocked by politicians who may oppose certain projects. If the new administration doesn’t understand or disagrees with a particular direction, it might ban or suppress that field.
More than 80% of Democrats and those who lean toward democratic ideals believe in the long-term value of basic scientific research, while only 62% of Republicans and Independents who lean toward republican ideals share that view, according to Pew Research Center. Pew also found that 33% of Republicans and like-minded Independents think science research investments “are not worth it." That’s why we need to move swiftly and demonstrate value to gain political and public support that will hold regardless of who’s in office.
President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative offers a promising idea for how the government can invest in important biotech initiatives, and it’s crucial that we maintain this momentum. The Precision Medicine Initiative focuses on genetic research and the impact that genes, lifestyle, and environment have on different types of diseases and treatments.
Under this program, the National Institutes of Health will conduct genome research based on patients’ electronic medical records and will begin clinical trials for new cancer treatments. The Food and Drug Administration is also participating, forming unique regulatory approaches to genomic technologies. It’s imperative for the government to continue supporting these initiatives. Genome research will allow life sciences to better know about some diseases or conditions at the genetically molecular level, recommend accordingly reasonable preventive measures, and try to develop treatments for previously devastating conditions.
To use President Obama’s example, precision medicine could be a great way to find the participating genes in organ regeneration, which could help the development of regenerative technology. The ability to restore aging or damaged organs to their healthiest states would transform the quality of life of millions of people, not to mention alleviate a huge burden on the economy. Finding a treatment for chronic illnesses or a method to slow aging would allow more people to participate in the workforce, reducing the number of dependents on government assistance.
Precision medicine is also essential to developing a fully sequenced human genetic database. Such a resource would help scientists crack the code to chronic diseases and debilitating conditions. Life science research of this kind has massive implications for human well-being and economic development. The only way to ensure continued government support is to showcase the real-world potential so the public demands ongoing funding.