Science is moving faster than ever, but support for that research "is under greater threat than it has ever been" because of the sequester, said Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, on Hardball with Chris Matthews last week. In the segment below, Collins also noted that the US spends about $200 billion to care for people with dementia, but only $500 million on dementia research — and that is now being cut 5 percent by the sequester.
However, Collins said his greatest worry is how such spending cuts will affect young scientists. "They are looking at this landscape in the United States and going, 'Well, maybe there's not a career here for me,'" he said. Those researchers, he said, may find another career or move to another country with better research support.