Thursday, October 27, 2011

Open-Source Cancer Research

Another TEDTalk for you.

These guys found a molecule that might be the key to identifying cancer as cancer.  Instead of patenting the molecule, they published their findings and mailed samples to 40 other laboratories.

It's this kind of selfless generosity and dedication to the expansion of human knowledge that gives me hope for my future, and for the future of my species. We can't just sit around hoping for a miracle.  If we had more people like these, maybe we wouldn't need miracles anymore.

Update: I contacted my oncologist about this and he said he was unable to find any studies of its effects on gliomas.  Oh well.  Maybe someday.

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