Why Rare Disease Research Should Matter to Everyone

January 15, 2016

Rare disease research may focus on individual diseases that affect small patient populations, but often the information gleaned from this work can provide insights into far more common diseases. We spoke to Paul Schindler, executive director and CEO of the Rare Genomics Institute, about the broader benefits of rare disease research, why it can elucidate our understanding of common diseases, and the case for why this work should matter to everyone.

RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here. 

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