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Why We Shouldn’t Rely on Patents to Encourage Medical Innovation
January 23, 2012 | by Paul Silva
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Els Torreele of the Open Society Foundations argues against proposals to extend patents on pharmaceuticals, stating that such a move would solidify a broken innovation model that primarily serves the financial interest of the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of patients worldwide.
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Posted in: Health, United States
Topics: access to medicines, Els Torreele, Food and Drug Administration, Health, HIV/AIDS, medical innovation, patents, Paul Silva, pharmaceuticals, public health, Public Health Program, tuberculosis, Wall Street Journal
Case Watch: Greek Migrant Male Rape Counts as Torture
January 23, 2012 | by Simon Cox
The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Greek courts failed to acknowlege the gravity of a brutal 2001 sexual assault on an undocumented migrant.
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Posted in: Europe, Rights & Justice
Topics: Case Watch, discrimination, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, male rape, migration, MSS v Belgium and Greece, NS and ME judgment, Rights & Justice, Simon Cox, Zontul v Greece
Reinventing Scientific Discovery: An Interview with Michael Nielsen
January 23, 2012 | by John Dupuis
Connecting vast numbers of scientists and ordinary citizens, online tools make scientific problem-solving faster and more efficient. But for these collaborations to reach their full potential, the culture of science must become much more open.
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Posted in: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Media & Arts, Middle East, United States
Topics: Internet, John Dupuis, Laura Guzman, Michael Nielsen, networked science, Open Access, open science, Polymath Project, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science
Case Watch: European Court Rules on Prison for Life
January 19, 2012 | by Marion Isobel
In two important rulings, the European Court of Human Rights has concluded that mandatory life jail sentences without the possibility of parole do not constitute a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Posted in: Europe, Rights & Justice
Topics: Bary and Al Fawaz v the United Kingdom, Case Watch, European Convention of Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, Harkins and Edwards v the United Kingdom, Juan E. Méndez, life sentence, Marion Isobel, prisoners' rights, supermax, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Vinter and Others v the United Kingdom
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