First gene therapy approved… First? Nuh…


World media celebrate the first gene therapy approved by the European Medicines Agency, a decision which will open the way for more personalized treatments adjusted to each patient’s needs. [1, 2, 3]

However reading below the headlines reveals another truth. This is not the first gene therapy approved after all: the Chinese had approved a gene therapy well before that – in 2003. Why do we have such grandiose headlines then?

What is it with us Westerners that makes us so arrogant and selfish? Why didn’t we have such headlines when China approved that gene therapy so long ago? Why do we celebrate a success which is not a success but a sad reminder of West being always behind other cultures in medicine?

After we have denied ourselves the possibility of other kinds of treatments on the basis “we know better” (see the prohibition of American Indian medicine, the defamation of homeopathics or the attacks modern medical society attacks on alternative methods of therapy like acupuncture), we are now trying to convince ourselves that we are the best in genetics.

Maybe it is in our genes to lie…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum! View all posts by skakos

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