Re: Why we do bioresearch

From: D. den Otter (
Date: Sat Jul 01 2000 - 16:47:47 MDT

At 13:25 1-07-00 -0400, you wrote:
> > Together with an American biotechnology firm, the team
> > hopes to begin clinical trials in Canadian cancer patients
> > in about 18 months.
>Ludicrous. Why isn't someone auctioning off vials of vesicular
>stomatitis virus on eBay? (Or, actually; Yahoo is
>less picky.)

This is actually a great idea. You could also set up your own website and
hold private auctions there. Potentially very lucrative. I wonder, would
something like this be legally possible (selling viruses)? How should you
ship the virus to your customers; do any special rules apply here? It's
supposedly a pretty harmless virus, but some kind of default biohazard laws
might still apply. What say ye lawyers?

Finally, the most logical place to acquire the virus is a firm like
Pro-Virus. Can this be done by non-medical entities (legally), and how much
would this cost? Would it be expensive/difficult to set up your own virus
farm from a couple of samples?

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