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“Does it matter if there is a cure for cancer but no one will share it with you?”

January 31, 2013

It’s fitting that Genes, Cells, and Brains arrives at the same time as a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council showing Americans have the lowest probability of surviving to the age of 50 among a group of 16 wealthy countries including Canada, Japan, Spain, and Germany. The U.S. also has the highest incidence of sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy, and infant mortality in the group. In a time of real human suffering and dramatically worsening social conditions in the richest country in the world, there is something perverse about chasing scientific advancement that only the tiniest percentage of people will have access to, driven by the optimism of impossible promises.

Read More | “The Selfish Gene: The Broken Promises of the Human Genome Project” | Mike Thomsen | The Daily Beast