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Today we know the molecular cause of 4,000 diseases, but treatments are only available for 250. What's taking so long?
Francis Collins: We need better drugs -- now
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.