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11 years ago @ Atomic Toasters - User Input: A Brief Aside · 0 replies · +1 points
The thing with new medical therapies, drugs, and devices is that it's hugely expensive to get them from idea to FDA approved (and thus billable to insurance) implementation. It takes years and many millions of dollars. I understand your frustration, Dr. Gordon seems to have an idea worthy of some pursuit.
I hear about this sort of thing all the time. The latest was a physician who self funded a successful mini-trial (three patients) to cure their disease by giving them a modified version of the AIDS virus. Try getting that funded!
Medical research is unfortunately more than the ideas of researchers. It needs to be paid for, and unfortunately sometimes a commercial entity's bottom line comes into play. That's not to say there aren't other ways to get your ideas funded, you just have to be creative. Perhaps Dr. Gordon has a career development grant he can use to fund an animal model?
The thing we need to remember here is that drug companies don't call all the shots on clinical research. The NIH funds a ton of research. Your tax dollars at work! To get the creative, not commercially attractive, stuff researched, we need to make sure John Q Voting Public understands science isn't evil and votes that way. Embryonic Stem Cells aren't aborting babies, recreational drugs aren't all evil.
Sorry for the rant, I'll get off my soapbox.
11 years ago @ Atomic Toasters - User Input: A Brief Aside · 2 replies · +12 points
Honestly, the nerve of some people.
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Maybe not for as frequently as I'd like since I only get to Canada a couple times a year for out of town curling events.
11 years ago @ Atomic Toasters - Never Seen A Man Beat ... · 1 reply · +7 points
Our wing works great and doesn't have the firey explodey death mojo that would come from using auto-gyro parts.
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