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By Thomas Byrne Edsall

One of our such a lot prescient political observers offers a sobering account of ways pitched battles over scarce assets will more and more outline American politics within the coming years—and how we would stay away from, or a minimum of mitigate, the wear and tear from those ideological and financial battles.
 
In an issue of simply 3 years, a sour fight over restricted assets has enveloped political discourse at each point within the usa. Fights among haves and have-nots over overall healthiness care, unemployment advantages, investment for personal loan write-downs, financial stimulus legislation—and, on the neighborhood point, over cuts in police security, rubbish assortment, and within the variety of teachers—have ruled the controversy. Elected officers are being pressured to make zero-sum choices—or worse, offerings with out winners.
    
Resource pageant among Democrats and Republicans has left both sides decided to guard what it has on the price of the opposite. the main problems with the following couple of years—long-term deficit relief; entitlement reform, significantly of Social protection, Medicare, and Medicaid; significant cuts in security spending; and hassle in financing a continuation of yankee overseas involvement—suggest that your-gain-is-my-loss politics will unavoidably accentuate.

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The PCAST report of 2008 states quite openly that industry’s interest in pharmacogenetics is dictated not only by scientific developments but also by cost and market considerations. Because trial and control groups can be genetically matched more closely, pharmacogenetics potentially reduces the size, cost, and duration of expensive clinical trials.  The PCAST report also holds out the hope for industry that failed trials might still work on subsectors of the clinical population, so that research investment made in dud drugs wouldn’t go to waste.

The language of “I, me, mine” is by no means straightforwardly appropriate to genetic information, common though it is. Yet oddly enough, the Vermont bill also stipulates that genomic information should be part and parcel of We Medicine. Elsewhere, in section 9336(e), the proposed statute states: Information derived from the sequence of the human genome shall be part of the public domain and shall not be considered the property of any individual.  What could explain such a blatant contradiction?

Even more important, for a pharmaceutical industry facing the expiration of patent protection on many of its best-selling drugs is finding new markets. By breaking an existing medication down into different “size ranges” and persuading customers that they can’t simply rely on a one-size-fits-all product, pharmaceutical companies can create new niche markets. Similarly, private umbilical cord blood banking taps into a huge potential market—all expectant mothers who can afford it, plus grandparents—with a “product” that no one could have dreamed of before but that diligent parents and grandparents may now wrongly believe is essential to the child’s future health.

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