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What are we thinking...
Published on May 26, 2009 By Korwyn In US Domestic

So we can find a gene responsible for hair loss, but with all the billions of dollars pouring into the world's research facilites we can't seem to isolate the gene(s) for prostate and breast cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and hundreds of other fatal diseases?

And yes, I understand the entire concept of one discovery leads to another to a seemingly unrelated discovery, etc, etc, etc, but it still PISSES ME OFF.

I have to wonder if the 4.7 Trillion dollars of debt the US just picked up had been dumped into research (create a bunch of jobs there), educating a bunch of researchers (create more jobs), and medical development, instead of bailing out the companies that created this mess, if we wouldn't be better off.

on May 30, 2009

There's been a vast amount of money spent on research into cancer - what makes you think that more money would suddenly achieve the breakthrough? Finding a cure to cancer would be an absolute goldmine for a company, so there is a clear incentive for companies to spend money on research if there is much of a prospect of success. Meanwhile you'll have various charities also with an interest, regardless of the chances of success, and hence there will be at least some research taking place. Meanwhile that extra money could save far more lives if spent on other areas, so I'm not sure increasing cancer research would be (or have been) the most effective. It's a bit like the lottery - sure it'd be nice to get all those millions, but ultimately you have to weigh up the likelihood of that happening and the cost or you'll end up throwing money away, as well as the cost of alternatives.