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There are as many as a billion people in the world suffering from so-called neglected diseases, diseases that don’t offer a big economic incentive for drug companies to invest in a cure. WGN’s Steve Bertrand introduces us to two retired scientists who are volunteering their time in search of a cure to one such disease. With any luck, more than 37 million of the world’s poorest people might one day have two retired AbbVie scientists to thank for their good health. For the past several  years, Howard Morton and Tom Von Geldern have been volunteering their time, working a treatment for a neglected tropical disease known as River Blindness.