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    •  and, like Pandora's Box, the good stuff is at... (2+ / 0-)
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      .... the bottom of the page.

      Well that's good news, finally.

      However we still need policy to address this.

      I would favor a global treaty whereby this kind of work can only be done within, and published to, a restricted community of individuals who are tightly vetted and cleared, working in classified labs.  

      Once they get to the point of developing a vaccine or treatment, that outcome can be auctioned off to Pharma with a requirement that the winner must put the vaccine or treatment into mass production immediately and make it available to the world with a limited profit margin.  

      This gets us our vaccines and treatments, and gives Pharma the tradeoff of zero financial risk in exchange for a fixed percentage of profit, and prevents the background scientific work from ending up in the hands of bioterrorists before vaccines or treatments are available.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 07:33:34 PM PST

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