EDITORIAL

Progress lies in precision

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Science  19 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6301, pp. 731
DOI: 10.1126/science.aai7598

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Too often, I feel as though I live in two worlds. One is populated by scientists working on advanced tools, such as big data, sequencing, and data-based disease surveillance. The other is populated by public health professionals working on the demanding challenges of combating infectious diseases, empowering women and girls, and ensuring that more children survive and thrive. If we want to achieve the ambitions set out by the United Nations for global health and development by 2030, we need to bring these two worlds closer together through a new concept—precision public health.