This month two Congressmen introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to finance potential cures for blindness.
Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia and Republican Pete Sessions of Texas introduced the Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act, which would create special bonds to finance the research.
In an article for The Hill, the two congressmen describe what a blind constituent called "the Valley of Death," the fate that awaits much-needed research that dies due to lack of funding.
"In this valley, completed medical research projects, mostly funded by the National Eye Institute and private foundations, that have been shown to be effective, stall on their way to clinical trials which are needed before patients can benefit," they write.
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