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January 17, 2006
Not being a world-famous scientist, I wasn't asked to contribute to the Edge.org "Dangerous Ideas" festschrift (see the post below). Of course, I also don't have their founder John Brockman as my literary agent, either. . .but if his people (or any other good agents!) call, I'll definitely pick up the phone.
But I'd like to start a related discussion over here. I'm inviting comments on what people think the most dangerous idea in drug research might be. I realize that we may not all assign the same value (or even sign) to "dangerous", but let's see what happens. Update: What I mean by that is, do we call an idea dangerous because it's false, and its adoption would be damaging to drug research? Or do we mean dangerous, in the sense that it's something that's true but too unpleasant or politically difficult to face? I'll take suggestions in either category. . .
I'll start things off with this one: There are diseases that aren't worth the money it would take the treat them.
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