08 July 2008

Your money or your life?

An 'open-source', 'shareware' version of the medical world?

Well, that's what I imagined when I read this article.

Sir John Sulston, renowned British scientist, decries the importance of profits in the medical profession.

He says there is now great concern among researchers about private companies patenting genes and genetic tests. He is also concerned about the misuse of information, and what he terms "disease mongering".

He's right you know; think of the number of teens nudged into the field, all because it was an excellent place to make money? Call that a tacky statement if you must, but I've heard one too many parents tut-tutting a Fine Art subject and waggling a finger in the air while espousing the monetary benefits of walking around in a white coat.