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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 12 2013: Sometimes it's frustrating to see drug companies working tirelessly to produce new drugs to treat chronic symptoms (which is important, but also has the added benefit of life-long drug users and therefore an ongoing revenue stream) and less on finding a cure for the underlying problem causing the symptoms, which would provide a life time of relief for patients, but also yield smaller profits.

    Luckily there are lots of university researchers and small bio-techs out there trying to solve these problems, but it takes time, lots of time, oodles of money, and years of trials to get new drugs and treatments approved. A lot of these researchers spend more time writing grant proposals than they do actually conducting research. And before beginning research, one first has to have an idea, inspiration or hypothesis for a cure to test.

    To that end, something I'm interested in right now is creating an online space where everyday people with chronic illnesses can come and share information about their condition (symptoms, treatments they have tried, both mainstream and alternative, what's working, what's not), but in a standardized way so we can run reports and generate graphs and charts to facilitate our understanding of the data. My hope is that these reports will lead researchers to realize connections and disease relationships that were previously unknown, and spur new ideas for cures.

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