Crowdsourcing medical research

Researchers in Sweden have developed a genetically engineered virus that they believe may be able to fight some forms of cancer.  While that sounds great, they ran into a reality check when they looked at doing clinical trials…what they need to do to truly test this virus is going to cost one heck of a lot of money, and finding backers for that is not easy.  So, they’ve turned to the internet for help, hoping to raise around three million dollars to allow them to tackle the first phase of the clinical trials.  If that test is successful, the hope is that it would spur enough interest from big companies to foot the bill for continuation and completion of testing.  You can read more about it here, or check out the video below.

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