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Translational research: Crossing the valley of death

A chasm has opened up between biomedical researchers and the patients who need their discoveries. Declan Butler asks how the ground shifted and whether the US National Institutes of Health can bridge the gap.

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See also pages 823 and 843, and online at Declan Butler is a senior reporter at Nature, based in France.

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Butler, D. Translational research: Crossing the valley of death. Nature 453, 840–842 (2008).

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