Gene turns heart cells into pacemaker: lab study

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    semperfi

    Wow ! AWESOME !!!!! . . .Bio-technology in medicien is offering new hope to many with chronic diseases.

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    almxx

    And the high price will be?

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    Frungy

    almxxDec. 20, 2012 - 03:20PM JST And the high price will be?

    Well pacemakers have been around for more than 60 years (and the technology has been around for more than 100 years), and they still charge about $20 000, and the battery only lasts around 5 years. It's ridiculous that such an old piece of technology should cost $20 000 (the surgery costs a further $4 000 or so).

    The point is that even if this new technique costs $100 000 it'll be cheaper and less risky than a pacemaker if you live for another 25 years, since it's less invasive and it'll last longer.

    I have no problem with the medical research companies making back their R&D costs and some profit, but frankly this entire mess is tied up with the ridiculous copyright laws that exist today. That's an entirely different debate though.

    Expect it to start expensive, become a little cheaper and then stay expensive for as long as they can maintain their copyright.

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