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  •  Even in the US, one nation under Big Pharma... (0+ / 0-)

    ...there is promising research being done on the anti-cancer properties of compounds that could not possibly be patented. For example:

    An extract from common button mushrooms has promise against breast cancer.

    There is no way that a company could patent a drug made from the common button mushroom. However, the City of Hope is making it possible to pursue this research. There is another promising non-patentable compound in the spice Turmeric which might even hold out some hope for my husband. I am willing to lay money out (not much, we're broke) that scientists over there are looking at it seriously in spite of the non-patentability issue.

    I'm also willing to bet that there's stuff going on there with Dichloroacetate. When you are completely run as a charity, you have a lot of leeway on what you can do research on.

    I will post what I find out in a later, related diary.

    Thanks for kicking the science, jforman.

    Wes? HELL YES!!! Clark 2008! http://www.securingamerica.com/
    Medicare for All...it's doable! HR 676 NOW!!!

    by Snakes on a White House on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 09:49:42 AM PST

    •  You'd be surprised ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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      Most big pharma companies have "Natural Products" departments.  Botanists collect samples from around the world and researchers study these biologicals for potent drugs.  For example, taxol was originally isolated from the bark of a pacific yew tree.  Rapamycin, a transplant anti-rejection drug and the coating of many stents, was isolated from a fungus in the soil from Rapanui (Easter Island).  A cacer therapy was isolated from vinca plants.  Big Pharmas have databases and compound libraries that they can use to find the drug to fit the target.  It doesn't matter to us where the sucker comes from.  To us, it is just a representation of atoms and bonds.  After we find out what works, we find out how it works and then we try to make it work better.  Most biologicals need to be modified to be potent enough so you don't have to take massive quantities of it and risk serious side effects.
       

      -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

      by goldberry on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 11:14:50 AM PST

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