(CBS) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says medical researchers need to do a better job of showing the practical side of their work if they hope to see federal funding extended for such basic science, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Durbin met with researchers at the University of Chicago highlighting, his proposal for $150 billion more in federal spending for biomedical research.

One of the researchers asked him how their community could help and he gave the example of how one scientist there outlined a complicated theory but then he says she clearly explained how that research could help cure some medical issues.

“That is key to this,” Durbin said. “I can’t tell you how many critically important scientific research projects have fallen and failed in America because folks engaged in it couldn’t explain what the heck it was all about.”

Durbin says government supported research has defeated polio, conquered space and can cure deadly diseases among other things.

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