You don't have to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the country if you have a couple of cases of smallpox cropping up.
For the first time, we have the genetic sequences of all three of the players in the global malaria debacle: the parasite, the anopheles mosquito and the human. It's a very important milestone.
There has been treatment for hepatitis C, but the treatment has not been overwhelmingly effective, number 1. And number 2, it has had considerable toxicity.
I'm generally considered a conservative in my predictions for disease.
We need to know more about how group A strep interact with humans to cause so many different illnesses.
You can't rush the science, but when the science points you in the right direction, then you can start rushing.
The discovery of HIV in 1983 and the proof that it was the cause of AIDS in 1984 were the first major scientific breakthroughs that provided a specific target for blood screening tests and opened the doorway to the development of antiretroviral medications.
When a company is fairly certain of a profit margin that is substantial, it can assume responsibility for the clinical trials to develop a blockbuster drug.
Antibiotics are a very serious public health problem for us, and it's getting worse. Resistant microbes outstrip new antibiotics. It's an ongoing problem. It's not like we can fix it, and it's over. We have to fight continued resistance with a continual pipeline of new antibiotics and continue with the perpetual challenge.
There cannot be any impediment to science that will ultimately be good to the general public.
The launch of phase 1 Ebola vaccine studies is a first step in developing a vaccine that could be licensed and used in the field to protect not only the front line health care workers but also those living in areas where Ebola virus exists.
The most confounding thing of all is that we still haven't identified the cause of 20% to 30% of adult common colds.