Scientists Spot Chronic Pain On/Off Switch – Yahoo News

Cool discovery. And what is annoying to me is that under the current patent regime, the people who discovered it can patent the biochemical pathway – it doesn’t make sense to me that a discovery should be treated the same way as an invention (such as a drug that takes advantage of the pathway).

At the same time, if I discover a vein of mineral wealth, I can apply for the rights to mine. So it is a bit tricky.

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