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Science and Health

Science is fundamentally a collective pursuit of knowledge through open sharing and collaboration over many generations. Advances in health care and wellness also flow from public research and healing traditions that belong to us all. An urgent challenge of out time is finding a better balance between commerce and the commons in these critical areas that profoundly affect everyone.

July 5, 2007

The Political Economy of Human Tissue, Part I

Blood banks raise interesting issues about benefits of the market and the commons.
June 22, 2007

The Economics of Information II: Production

Patents can stifle as well as promote creativity.
June 7, 2007

The Economics of Information, Part I

Drug patents can skew pharmaceutical research away from public needs.
March 26, 2007

Counting butterflies: when biodiversity meets information-mediated collaboration

Grassroots scientists tapped to research butterflies.
February 22, 2007

Another Chapter in Big Pharma's War Against Generics

Corporations reap giant profits on drugs developed with our tax money, then resist efforts to sell those drugs for less.
December 12, 2006

The Technology Of Obedience: Corporate Research And The Invisible Hand

Who gets to decide how technology is implemented? It's done to boost corporate profits, not the greater public good.
November 7, 2006

Who Owns Human Corneas, Embryos and Tissue?

The ultimate property rights issue: do you own your body?
November 4, 2006

Billboards In Space, Accomplices In Enclosure

The heavens for sale: is outer space the final frontier for advertising space?
October 25, 2006

Monetizing Breast Milk

Mothers donating breast milk to help premature babies discover it is being sold by a private company at a high mark-up