Biohackers, Bioethics, and the Need for Accessible and Affordable Medicine

In a society where access and affordability of medicines are real challenges, can biohackers be considered as “heroes” for social justice in health? Are there other creative solutions?

This article discusses the reality of how extremely expensive medical research and clinical trials are. It also introduces how biohackers, a group of independent biologists, are proudly pirating a cheap version of a million-dollar gene therapy. We are now forcibly faced with the question: are they medicine’s Robin Hood or a threat to safety? What about concerns regarding Bioethics?

Read more about this pressing concern at Technology Review.

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I'm with you: the prices of some of these cutting-edge medicines are outrageous, though I understand the money, time and research effort it took the companies to come up with them.
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