How to cure diseases before they have even evolved

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  1. clear

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    How to cure diseases before they have even evolved

    10 August 2009 by Bob Holmes
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    We have been relatively lucky so far. The nature of SARS allowed it to be contained, while H1N1 flu remains mild for now. But our luck could run out tomorrow. "Mother Nature is among the worst terrorists," says Michael Goldblatt, who once led the biodefence programme for the Pentagon's research arm, DARPA, and now heads Functional Genetics, a biotech company in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    "If you look at the viruses that are the biggest threats of modern times, most of them were unknown through human history: HIV, SARS, Ebola (see A spotter's guide to human viruses). You don't know where the next one is coming from. How do you develop therapeutics for the unknown and unknowable, given that you won't have time to develop a vaccine for a new agent after it appears?" he asks.

    Full article here:

    How to cure diseases before they have even evolved - health - 10 August 2009 - New Scientist

    Any thoughts?

    Enjoy!

    T.D.

    Ciao-:cool:
     
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    Perhaps these diseases are man made !
     
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    It certainly makes interesting reading, and the hypotheses seem plausible. It's certainly worth investingating.
     
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