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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 7 2013: There's a quote that I can't remember exactly, but it says something like "It's not that it's not there (anything we research/try to find), we are simply aren't looking with the appropriate tools" (If it rings a bell, please comment here what it is precisely). One of the concepts that the Age of Enlightment gave us is that everything is possible- we only need to use our wits.
    So, with regards to that I presume that someday cancer would be less of a deal, and researchers would be occupied in figuring out something else, at least to some extent.

    Back to your question- You can ask the same question regarding many other aspects of life- Why aren't people working together to famish famine? To decontaminate earth's oceans, soil and such? If only 5% of the world population would've done that, we would all be better now.
    I presume that it's a part of human nature, some sort of drawback that we all carry that holds up back. most of the people aren't bothered by these iniquities until it hits them.
    And then it's too late.
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      May 8 2013: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I will look for that quote. Interesting. :)


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