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Olivier Coquillo

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Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?

I have not done enough research on collaboration between research centers but I promise to read all of your comments, since I am mostly asking this question to learn from you.

One of my dreams is to be able to witness an international collaboration and a public commitment from top research centers to find a cure to terminal diseases and to distribute the cure for free to people in need.

Do you think that there is a competition between research centers and scientists? Do you think that some groups are more focused on finding a cure to make money rather than finding a cure to save lives? I would love to know what you think.



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  • May 2 2013: I think a large part of the problem is the business model that 'curing' diseases produce and the ability to make huge amounts of cash on it. The best thing to reduce this would be to reduce patents on drugs to a year lifespan or something
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      May 2 2013: Hi Scott...I can see how reducing patents on drugs can help...I always wonder, would there be a lack of interest in becoming a scientist if finding a "formula" for a cure was less rewarding? Would some people stop pursuing careers in areas that serve humanity but are not so financially rewarding?

      Thanks for your comment Scott.
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      May 19 2013: Legislation in this direction on the national level, with some global treaty backing would be a great aid to all of us.

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