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2 Novartis vs. India: Patents vs. the poor?

Flickr, Brooks Elliott One of the biggest, thorniest dilemmas in global health is coming to a head in India. (And the biggest player in this arena, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a former top Novartis executive running the global health program, has no comment on it. More on…

0 Fighting famine with peanut paste freed from patent protection

It’s called Plumpy’nut, a nutritionally fortified peanut-based food paste that’s one of the primary weapons in the battle against starvation in the Horn of Africa. And it well may be in wider use in the famine in East Africa because of some folks who months earlier filed a lawsuit challenging…

0 Microsoft wants to engineer bugs to become disease fighting nanobots

Todd Bishop at TechFlash has discovered that Microsoft is into global health, in a weird way. As Todd reports, Microsoft has applied for a patent for “Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease.” The patent application has this goofy stickman drawing (below) that, so far as I can tell, doesn’t really explain…