The translation of clinical studies into the actual clinic is the holy grail of biomedical research, but it's a lot harder than it sounds. On the one hand, says Forbes' David Shaywitz, to really study and understand something, you need to take it apart and focus on the most basic aspects. On the other hand, putting everything back together to the point where it can help patients is difficult.

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