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November 11, 2013


Jefferson was right:"That government is best which governs least."

Let us hope good sense continues to prevail at the NIH.


Nice write up on this misguided effort to (once again) have NIH assert "march-in-rights" under Bayh-Dole for Norvir. More of the same attitude that R&D, like money, "grows on trees."

Thanks for transmitting this interesting report. However, your last parenthetical gave me pause: Replace "relatively rare genetic mutation" with "a life-threatening and incurable cancer."

Dear Kelly:

Understood, but my point is that 9% of women get breast cancer, but only a small percentage of them carry a BRCA gene mutation. While for those women there is a risk of "life-threatening and incurable" cancer, all of the people taking ritonavir are not at risk for AIDS, they have AIDS. A significant difference, I think.

Thanks for the comment.

"Understood, but my point is that 9% of women get breast cancer,"

O M G. I didn't realize it was that high. I figured more like 3% or lower.

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