Gift giving can become tiresome. There is the shopping, and the wondering if your online shipment will arrive in time, or worse, actually going to a mall. There is the wrapping, but remember, not before you fly. Then, of course, there is the deflated feeling that it really doesn’t matter.

In an op-ed published Friday, Sabin president Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., and his Baylor College of Medicine colleague, William Brinkley, Ph.D., applaud the dramatic gains Texas institutions have made to become leaders among the global scientific community. They cite the routinely high ranking of public and private Texas universities as well as a voter approved amendment to start the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Merck Serono plans to double its donation from 25 million tablets to 50 million tablets and will continue a commitment to donations indefinitely, until schistosomiasis has been eliminated in Africa.

We're at the beginning of something big.

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