December 22nd, 2006


Why there's no cure for the common cold

Via olegvolk

Why There's No Cure for the Common Cold

by Bill Walker

I shovel telomeres for a living. My friends in the computer industry are always asking me: “Why can’t you biotech guys cure cancer? Or aging? Or the common cold? What do you do with all those billions of government research dollars?”

Well, it’s time to confess: Biologists bought three stuffed mice and two petri dishes in 1974. These are recycled in staged publicity photos in such high-profile popular glossies as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cell, and Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Our much-hyped “gene sequencing,” “chromosome imaging,” etc. are all done on Photoshop by companies in Taipei . All the rest of the money goes to yachts, scuba equipment, and private islands in Fiji for all postdocs and research associates. That’s why medical researchers always look so tanned and vigorous.

OK, seriously: If the computer industry were running under the same conditions as biotech, this is how it would work:

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