Derek Lowe is intrigued by NIH's latest announcement that it is beginning a preclinical drug discovery endeavor for rare diseases and says that it'll be a good learning experience for researchers to see the difficulties involved in getting a drug through the development process. He adds that the NIH, judging by its release, is clear-eyed about the process.

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