Friday, April 30, 2010
A Possible Treatment for Fragile X?
There was a fascinating article in the NY Times on a new drug that shows promise in treating fragile X syndrome and holds potential for treating other disorders. We need more work like this, research in this area has the potential to greatly improve people's lives, and from a simply materialistic standpoint, save huge amounts of money. I am left at a loss to explain why so little research is being done in this field with the amount that we are already spending on simply maintaining the system we have now. Then there is also the potential to remove obstacles preventing many people from finding employment which would help grow the economy. The potential payoffs from research into this field is enormous but little is being done to fund it, either by the state or privately. According to this article, there are only five researchers currently working on this particular disorder. Why isn't more being done?