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Good Germs, Bad Germs by Jessica Snyder Sachs
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Nov 12, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in November, 2008

This book was great. It really opens your eyes about our relationship with germs and how we fit together. One truism that I will always remember from this books is the line "In evolution, that which is unavoidable becomes indispensable".

Another thing I learned from this book is the prevalence of treatments for disease that are not pursued because they are not patentable. A drug company would have to incur the costs of clinical trials and FDA approval, but would not be able to patent the treatment once it was approved, allowing their competitors to also produce the treatment and reap the benefits without the outlay. Thus there is no incentive for the companies to invest in the treatments, and millions of people suffer each year as a result, of illnesses that could easily have cures.

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