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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday January 13 2018, @12:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the end-of-an-epidemic dept.

Bill Gates gave an address at J.P. Morgan's 36th Annual Healthcare Conference in San Francisco:

[There] is reason to hope that the insights uncovered in ongoing immunotherapy research for cancer will eventually help us control all infectious diseases. This would be a huge victory for humanity—and potentially a significant market for the life sciences.

Others seem to think so too. Venture capitalists like Bob Nelsen and Bob More have helped raise over $500 million for VIR Biotechnology—including funding from us—to discover and develop treatments for serious infectious diseases.

We are also investors in Immunocore, which is using T-cell technology to help stimulate the body's immune system. Initially, Immunocore's "T-cell receptor" technology targeted cancers, but it could also be applied against infectious diseases.

We are backing companies like CureVac and Moderna on mRNA approaches for vaccine and drug development, which have the potential to help us tackle cancer. This approach is also intriguing as a potential immunological intervention for HIV, malaria, flu and the Zika virus.

And mRNA vaccines are likely to be cheaper, easier, and faster to make than traditional vaccines. This would be particularly helpful in containing epidemics—whether they occur through nature or are the result of an intentional biological attack. Today, it typically takes up to 10 years to develop and license a new vaccine. To significantly curb deaths from a fast-moving airborne pathogen, we would have to get that down considerably—to 90 days or less.

Also at NBF.

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Bill Gates has donated $40 million to Scottish researchers trying to create a cow that can thrive in hotter conditions, such as those in Africa:

Tweaking genes could be one way of increasing the hardiness of some livestock breeds. By isolating desirable genetics traits from European and African cow breeds, geneticists hope to design a cow that produces high quantities of milk and is also able to withstand exceptionally high temperatures.

An Edinburgh-based nonprofit, GALVmed (Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines) just received $40 million from Bill Gates to conduct genetic research with this aim in mind. "You can have a cow that is four times as productive with the same survivability," Gates told the Times.

The philanthropist told the BBC that he was investing in the nonprofit's research because "there is great [...] understanding here of both animal diseases and how we can treat it, and how we enhance the genetics so that you can get, say the same type of milk or egg productivity that we have in the U.K."

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Bill Gates Commits $100 Million to Alzheimer's Research 12 comments

Microsoft founder Gates commits $100 million for fund, start-ups, to fight Alzheimer's

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is to invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that brings together industry and government to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease. The investment is not part of Gates' philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will be followed with another $50 million in a number of start-up ventures working in Alzheimer's research, Gates said.

With rapidly rising numbers of people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, the disease is taking a growing emotional and financial toll as people live longer, Gates told Reuters in an interview. "It's a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy - even for the people who stay alive - is very high," he said.

Despite decades of scientific research, there is no treatment that can slow the progression of Alzheimer's. Current drugs can do no more than ease some of the symptoms. Gates said, however, that with focused and well-funded innovation, he's "optimistic" treatments can be found, even if they might be more than a decade away.


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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @12:54AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @12:54AM (#621627)

    The Wealthy Elite are the Healthy Elite. The rest of you poor people, fucking die and reduce the excess population.

    - TheMightyBuzzard

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:03AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:03AM (#621640)

      Which is why modern society promotes pollution (with the climate change debate centered only on CO2 as a smokescreen). Future plebeians in need of therapy to overcome pollution, of 34 distinct genders using artificial wombs to procreate, fighting each other to a chance of a work, moving with self driving gizmos, under 24h precrime surveillance, are, shall we say, unlikely to cause problems.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:29AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:29AM (#621643)

        fighting each other to a chance of a work, [...] unlikely to cause problems.

        The trolling will continue until I find a job to occupy my time. Until then, fuck NiggeryBuzzard, fuck DickNiggerCrawford, fuck RunawayNigger, fuck NiggerCommander, and fuck you.

        Eternal Death to SoylentNews.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @04:12AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @04:12AM (#621692)

          Wot? Eth got his anti-semitic racist ass fired, and is posting AC?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @04:02AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @04:02AM (#621688)

        I think I'm closer to understanding. Thank you for explaining.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by aristarchus on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:17AM (2 children)

      by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:17AM (#621667) Journal

      Actually, throughout most of history, those who could afford medical "treatment" died much more quickly than the poors who had to just "walk it off". Leeches, and bloodletting were common. Probably killed Rene Descartes. Physicians used to have a coat, and the coat had two pockets. One pocket held a bottle of Laudanaum, Tincture of Opium. The other held a bottle of sublimate of Mercury. If the patient had dysentary, a bit of Laudanuam. Tighten you right up, as every Heroin addict knows. If the patient was constipated, nothing like Mercury poisoning to loosen the bowels. But, like I said, if you could afford a "doctor", you probably were dead.

      On the other hand, if you were poor, and you survived the sickness, guess what? Natural immunity!! Evidence-based medicine has changed all this, so the rich now survive, as do others. Fortunately, the CDC has now banned the term "evidence-bassed medicine", so perhaps we can start killing off the rich by means of medical treatment again, in the near future.

      --
      #Free{nick}_NOW!!!
      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Saturday January 13 2018, @12:19PM

        by c0lo (156) on Saturday January 13 2018, @12:19PM (#621770)

        Fortunately, the CDC has now banned the term "evidence-bassed medicine", so perhaps we can start killing off the rich by means of medical treatment again, in the near future.

        Wishful thinking, magister... a very interesting one, but still wishful thinking.
        For example, take Apple's Steve J... oh, wait... maybe there is something to your theory, maybe indeed Bill Gates paid the doctors to eliminate competition (grin)

      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday January 13 2018, @09:13PM

        by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 13 2018, @09:13PM (#621929) Journal

        CDC has now banned the term "evidence-bassed medicine",

        So is it now called "evidence-baritoned", "evidence-tenored" or "evidence-countertenored"?

        Or maybe it was due to gender issues, and now it's called "evidence-contraltoed"?

        --
        The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 1) by pdfernhout on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:42AM (2 children)

    by pdfernhout (5984) on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:42AM (#621647) Homepage

    for better immunity and less cancer and other chronic disease: https://www.amazon.com/Whole-Foods-Diet-Lifesaving-Longevity/dp/1478944919 [amazon.com]

    John Mackey, co-founder & co CEO of Whole Foods Market and co-author of that book is someone who has really put his money where his mouth is on this topic.

    Or maybe Jeff Bezos now that Amazon bought Whole Foods Market?

    --
    The biggest challenge of the 21st century: the irony of technologies of abundance used by scarcity-minded people.
    • (Score: 1) by RedIsNotGreen on Saturday January 13 2018, @08:19AM (1 child)

      by RedIsNotGreen (2191) on Saturday January 13 2018, @08:19AM (#621732)
      Unfortunately, Whole Foods has grown too large to sustain its ideals, and is now serving up slightly better versions of the same slops as all the others. If you don't believe me, print out a list of their "unacceptable ingredients" [wholefoodsmarket.com] and then go to a store and see how often you can find them in products on sale. Along with all the processed food Whole Foods sells, their slogan of "America's healthiest grocery store" becomes quite the hilarious joke.
      • (Score: 1) by pdfernhout on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:28PM

        by pdfernhout (5984) on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:28PM (#621821) Homepage

        That sadly may be true -- and in the book the CEO addresses the question of why Whole Foods (the store) sells stuff he would not eat (essentially, selling some of what customers want).

        But, "Whole Foods" is a more general term that just means "whole foods". It's confusing of course there is a store chain with that name -- although it makes sense given the origin of the store in marketing buzz around selling "whole foods".

        You can buy whole foods at any regular grocery store. These are foods which are minimally processed, with nothing added, and nothing taken away. So, for example, lettuce, carrots, pears, onions, beans, whole grains where you can see the grain, wild-caught fish fillets and pasture-raised grass-fed beef steaks (although they suggest minimizing animal products to less than 10% of calories) and so on. Whole foods are mostly stuff that generally does not have a label and is typically around the perimeter of a grocery store.

        Whole foods eaters would avoid highly processed foods like those with added sugar, white flour, oils, stuff with long lists of chemical additives, processed meats like salami, and so on. The authors of that book are not OK with oils because oils have so many calories in little volume, have very little nutrients, have a poor omega-3-to-omega-6 ratio, and can go rancid -- and of course, oils are processed.

        Food processing is on a continuum though, so "whole foods" often is not a black-and-white choice. For example, in the book, they give an OK to whole wheat pasta, which is somewhere between visible grains and white flour. But whole wheat flour is still probably not as good for you as visible grains -- but on a practical basis it is better than eating a lot of other junk. They even give a pass to white rice for similar reasons -- somewhat processed, but still better than other things. I bought some locally made salsa the other day where I can see the chunks of tomatoes, and even though it has an ingredients list and comes in refrigerated plastic container, I think it would be low on the processing list.

        They also quote a study that says something like if half the US population ate a lot more conventional (not organic) vegetables there would be 20,000 less cancers a year from the extra phytonutrients and fiber in vegetables but only 10 more cancers a year from the pesticides. Of course, pesticides can also affect the brain too (since most pesticides were derived from neurotoxins) -- but I'd expect the vegetable benefit to brain health would likewise still vastly outweigh the risks there too. I'm still going to buy organic for various reasons when I can, but it is a great point. Also, some "organic" pesticides are not that healthy for you either. The body has some limited ability to deal with toxins -- they key is not to overwhelm it.

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        The biggest challenge of the 21st century: the irony of technologies of abundance used by scarcity-minded people.
  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Geezer on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:54AM (2 children)

    by Geezer (511) on Saturday January 13 2018, @02:54AM (#621655)

    Immunotherapy can uninstall Windows 10?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:05AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:05AM (#621664)

      Bill Gate apparently doesn't use Windows 10 and didn't like Windows 8, so maybe.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:19AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:19AM (#621669)

        I heard Bill Gates is running Gentoo Linux these days. That's what I hear. Seriously. He calls it "immuno-therapy".

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13 2018, @03:00AM (#621659)

    immunotherapy blue screen of death.

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