The Potential of the Current Vaccine Research to Expand Our Ability to Defeat Other Diseases, “Apollo Mission” Style!
A very exciting article, well-titled: “THE AMERICAN SYSTEM AT ITS BEST. Science Driver Medicine: RNA Vaccine Technology Expands Into Broader Disease Treatment” was published in The Executive Intelligence Review on August 14th, 2020 . The article was written by team member Dr. Ned Rosinsky. It includes a helpful primer to understand the language of recent research for a lay audience.
In a very thorough way, Dr. Rosinsky’s article discusses the unprecedented worldwide surge of research currently underway, not only to develop preventive vaccines for COVID (which he discusses), but also to accelerate fundamental breakthroughs in medical research as a result of that effort. This international project will effect many medical problems of mankind.
Rosinsky notes the determination of those involved in this research and clinical approaches to save lives, and their motivation to overcome the hurdles put in front of the medical profession and society itself — both economic and conceptual. He discusses this progress historically, and includes a fascinating overview of the arc of development from ancient China, to the work of Benjamin Franklin, to Louis Pasteur, to Carl Woese.
He writes: “Looking back at the long history of vaccine development, we can see an approximately exponential rate of acceleration of progress. The initial period of smallpox vaccine using small amounts of actual smallpox material stretches from the time frame of 200 BCE in China, to Dr. Fewster’s cowpox finding in 1768, approximately a 2,000-year span. From Fewster to the vaccines of Pasteur and Koch near the end of the 1800s is approximately 120 years. From Pasteur to the widening of vaccine use in numerous diseases brings us to the 1950-1960 time period, a 50- to 60-year jump, leading to the eradication of smallpox worldwide in the 1970s. By 2003, we have the full human genome sequenced and mapped, and the stage is set for a vast explosion of research into the long-term chronic diseases that have up to now put a finite limit on human life expectancy: cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and the aging of tissues more generally. In the past twenty years, enormous technical advances in rapidly sequencing and reproducing nucleic acids has paved the way for not only the proliferation of vaccines, but also the wider use of genetic material such as mRNA in cancer and a large spectrum of rare genetic disorders. The exponential rate of development entered a phase-change in the past ten years, as the various uses of mRNA and DNA in treating numerous diseases have taken off. This broad expansion of lines of research, emanating from the breakthroughs in basic sciences, is an example of a Riemann singularity operating in the realm of the human expansion of knowledge and associated increase in power over the universe. The singularity is a source, analogous to the source in a fluid flow or potential flow. It is not a point source in a Riemann mapping, but a state-of-existence source, a singularity in the state of the science.”
The article poses the question of what conditions are required to make human creativity the driving force of an economy, and to substitute science drivers that increase the long term potential of a population and drive medical progress, in opposition to the plague of financial speculation. In his final paragraphs, Rosinsky concludes: “Let us use the die-hard optimism of the population that expects progress in medical science, to revive the optimism that we have had in the past for other major science-drivers of the economy such as space exploration, and let us use this energy of optimism—to rid ourselves of the parasitical derivatives market with GlassSteagall, to revamp our infrastructure, and to form a Hamiltonian national bank. The Golden Renaissance followed on the heels of the devastating bubonic plague. We can create another renaissance on the heels of the COVID-19 disaster. We only need to follow what we have done in the past, such as what President Franklin Roosevelt did to get us out of the Great Depression, with his programs such as initiating Glass-Steagall banking regulation, and massive infrastructure developments such as the Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric project.”