Imagine a dystopian world where government and huge for-profit businesses colluded to generate wealth for the privileged few. One where billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies manufacture poisons that governments force us to take, making us so ill we must buy the “cure” from those same companies. Imagine corporations so evil they use components from the tissue of aborted fetuses in the poisons they force on us.
Why would people living in a region afflicted with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus burn down clinics and attack healthcare workers who are trying to contain the disease?
In the early 2000s, I worked with a company trying to develop a novel way to treat antibiotic-resistant infections using viruses that attacked the harmful bacteria. I learned that scientists had been struggling to make such a treatment viable since the 1920s. It looks like we've begun figuring out how to crack that nut! This is good news in our fight against antibiotic resistance.
I remember pundits of gene therapy touting its potential back when I was in grad school in the 1990s. Twenty-years of set-backs and hard work later, it seems that potential is now being realized.