posted on Oct, 21 2012 @ 02:09 PM
reply to post by winofiend
I still don't get it.
....How can they now reduce the entire (drug production) process to plugging some data into a pc and printing it out (even if it's a 3d-dna printer)?
The world has changed. It absolutely IS possible to "print out" meds on a 3-D printer. And given the fact that our mass produced medications and
vaccines routinely are contaminated, perhaps the best question is, "How do the rates of contamination compare between the two production processes
(manual/mechanical versus 3-D printer)?"
If they can even produce enough for one person, why is it not exploited and used on a large scale, surely a lot easier than mixing chemicals and
Think economics. Like:
- What happens to Big Pharma and the pharmaceutical industry if individuals or their doctors can just "print out" the required meds?
- What happens to the resource harvesting industry, and the production and distribution systems dedicated to drugs?
- What happens to the industry staff? The technicians, packers, sorters, warehouse workers and all the rest?
This is HUGE in every way. Never mind the science, we're looking at a major revision of our economic system: a few years ago, the drug industry passed
the oil industry as the world's largest industry. Venter's technology would destroy the pharmaceutical industry and thus, over 50% of the planet's
current economic system. ...NOBODY lets changes like that "just happen" - certainly not the world's largest, most politically and economically
Will 3-D DNA printers disappear like other great patents?
edit on 21/10/12 by soficrow because: wd