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Glamourising cigarettes

Another gob-snacking article from the Guardian...

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies aims to make billions of pounds from the diseases caused by cigarette smoking through deals with biotech companies for the exclusive rights to market future lung cancer vaccines.

Bogglety bogglety boggle.



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12th Nov, 2001 09:13 (UTC)
You want scary? Browsing the US patents database -- endlessly fascinating -- late last night, I discover that someone's worked out how to alter the sex balance of mammals.

OK, they've only worked it out with mice and rats, and it only affects the ratio of male/female offspring in the daughters of the animal being treated, but...
13th Nov, 2001 01:39 (UTC)
... the latter bit makes it even worse if it can work with humans.

You want any daughters to give you grandsons? Well, just make sure her mother's taken the right pills during her pregnancy and she won't have much choice.

Altering the m/f balance is one of the holy grail's -- am I the only person who can't type that without thinking of John Cleese's accent as Tim the Wizard in Monty Python and the HG? -- of biology, and there's a huge wodge of money awaiting anyone who can do it for food animals. Oh, and us of course.
14th Nov, 2001 06:08 (UTC)
Almost Lamarckian...
That's weird -- and if it works, it has to work by a really nasty method.

Of course, people writing patent applications do tend to broaden the claim in all possible directions around what actually works, but still...
13th Nov, 2001 07:15 (UTC)
More on Tuvalu that had me open mouthed. The comparison of people / area alone makes this obscene.
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