By controlling medical research funds, you are in the position to guarantee that a cure will be found in 15 years for any disease you choose. Unfortunately, no progress on any others would be made during that period. Would you target one disease?
No I wouldn't. What if researchers are only five years away from a cure for cancer, but I've decided that all they're gonna work on is athlete's foot? Fifteen years from now, no one will have itchy feet, but cancer will still have claimed millions of lives.
*Question of the Week comes from The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.