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If I make a discovery what can i do with it?

If I have come closer to the cure for cancer. Or a discovery that would rewrite the schoolbooks. Where should i turn to? What can i do with it? It seems like there would be nobody to talk to, no way to take it further.

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    Apr 9 2013: First thing is to Patent anything remarkable and/or profitable.
    Its not for the sake of greed like some people may immediately assume (you can open-source or lease out the licences in return for minor royalties), its about making sure everyone knows you came up with it AND making sure someone greed-oriented doesn't patent it first.

    Ofcourse exactly WHO you talk to from there on depends entirely on your product/idea/research.
    Can you give an example idea?
    Also what country you're in, as it may vary the answer.

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