Q. You keep saying the nation's health-research program is "burning." Certainly that's excessive.
A. It's not an overstatement to say the country's structure for the support of biomedical research is burning. The problems are significant enough that if they are not attended to soon, the U.S. could lose its position as the world's leader in health-sciences research. I do not regret the use of the word burning. We have a national treasure here that's in some jeopardy.
Q. What is so disturbing?
A. There is more anguish in the ranks of scientists than we've had in 20 years. In academic institutions,...