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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.

December 6, 2005

US Rejects Generics Even for Public Health Emergencies

Under drug industry influence, U.S. policy rejects the use of generic drugs, even for public health emergencies.
December 5, 2005

Who Decides Who's Sick?

Is shortness a disease? How about shyness? In search of fatter profits, the drug industry invents new diseases.
October 25, 2005

One-Fifth of the Human Genome is Now Owned

Twenty percent of the human genome is now patented. This raises questions about the future of scientific research and public health, and shows the clear need for an open-source movement in biology.
October 18, 2005

Cooperation and Self-Interest as Evolutionary Issues

More evidence that cooperative behavior enhances a group's chance of survival in evolution.
October 14, 2005

A Renaissance of the Science Commons

Scientific Renaissance: Academic scientists find a powerful new way to overcome relentless market enclosures — by creating a growing network of online commons.
October 13, 2005

Trust and Reciprocity: A Platform for Evolutionary Success

When it comes to human nature, it's hard to generalize. Research shows that 25% of people act exclusively out of self-interest, while others are motivated in part by altruism.
October 11, 2005

Human Nature and the Commons

The search to explain human nature leads us to a greater appreciation of the role of trust and reciprocity in our evolution.
August 3, 2005

Designer Pigs

Monsanto seeks a patent for the "whole hog."
July 19, 2005

Science and the Sacred

The commons is based on the idea that some human endeavors should be beyond the reaches of the market.
July 11, 2005

The Genome, Discovered Not Invented

The human genome was discovered, not invented. It makes no sense to patent the stuff of life.