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I'm a mechanical engineer, I know damn well how cancer works.
Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Well, sort of. These organizations pay for the pure research. Pharma is not doing pure research. It would take too long and cost too much. They don't do it, and won't do it. We need universities to do pure research and frankly it is far more cost effective when they do it, because they publish their findings to share with the world. They also do research into areas that are not profitable. Small start ups often buy licensing for this research and are able to get orphan drug status and make meager returns that will fund future bigger projects.
People often complain that cancer is not cured yet. What people don't realize is that cancer is not one disease, it is thousands of diseases. A person doesn't get cancer. They get one cancerous cell type which responds to one type of therapy. We may have excellent treatments for one cell type or mechanism, but not for thousands of others. It is like complaining that we haven't cured brain diseases. It is just too broad and simplistic a view. Cancer is just one example.
And if you think drugs cost too much, I encourage you to start your own pharmaceutical company.