January 31, 2007

Oh, and in case you hadn't heard...

...apparently they've found a cure for cancer. Which should free up some time for scientists to get a head start on that upcoming global infertility epidemic.

UPDATE: As pointed out over at Throwing Things, the media are surprisingly short on reportage about this potentially huge news, but here's some in-depth commentary on some of the issues that this discovery brings up.

What non-wackjob commentary there is mainly focuses on the fact that the drug is an old one that's already gone generic, and thus pharmaceutical companies have no profit motive to help fund research, and so the drug may never see its full potential, etc. Personally, I think there are enough excruciatingly wealthy people in the world who would prefer to not die of cancer that finding donors shouldn't be an insurmountable problem.

Posted by Francis at 12:34 AM

If they cure cancer, will everyone start smoking again? That would suck.

Posted by: Doug Orleans at January 31, 2007 03:13 AM

Also, if they cure cancer, how will we justify our red wine consumption?

Posted by: David Scrimshaw at January 31, 2007 10:45 AM

Emphysema for smoking, heart disease for red wine. Simple!

Posted by: Richard Mason at January 31, 2007 12:47 PM

I would like to not die of cancer. I would also like to be excruciatingly wealthy. While I'm at it, I'd like a life-size crystal pony and a pool filled with green sugar-free jello.

But mostly I'd like to not die of cancer. Wonder what new plague will pop up next.

Posted by: dianna at January 31, 2007 04:23 PM

And *I* am amazed that on the Children of Men link there is an ad for Nexxium and not for Viagra.

Posted by: Cherie at February 1, 2007 10:18 AM
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