In the wake of debilitating genetic diseases that have plagued mankind for centuries, many are turning to a controversial form of treatment dubbed “gene therapy,” which seeks to cure ailments at the genetic level. However, Big Pharma’s aggressive attempts to charge outlandish sums for this untested treatment could leave consumers bereft of their health and wallets.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, gene therapy works by replacing problematic, mutated genes with healthy gene copies, inactivating mutated genes that function improperly, and introducing new genes to assist in fighting disease. Currently, gene therapy is only being tested for diseases with no known cures.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a prime example of a disease being targeted by biotech companies for gene therapy, but the whopping price tag may be a hindrance to many with the disorder.
Zolgensma, an SMA gene therapy being developed by Novartis AG, would reportedly be “cost effective” at over $5 million, according to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). Novartis echoed the institute, calling the gene therapy cost effective at $4-5 million for a one-time treatment.
Similarly, Spinraza, an SMA treatment from Biogen Inc., would charge patients $750,000 for the first year and $375,000 per year thereafter. “The promise of gene therapy in general is that it would be once and done … but that is uncertain at this point,”Alfred Sandrock, Biogen Chief Medical Officer, reportedly told Reuters.
“Spinraza is still a very viable option for babies with SMA. For children, teenagers and adults it may be the only option open to them,” Sandrock concluded, underscoring the fact that, for many suffering from genetic diseases like SMA, these costly cures could be the only option available.
Furthermore, the financial burdens presented by gene therapies could be the least of potential patients’ worries.
In September 1999, 18-year old Jesse Gelsinger died during a gene therapy trial study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Gelsinger suffered from a genetic defect that prevents proper metabolism of ammonia and received doses of a virus carrying a “corrective gene” during the trial study.
Fast forward to 2018—James Wilson, the founder and director of Penn’s Institute for Human Gene Therapy and researcher involved in the 1999 trial study, sounded a dire warning about the dangers of gene therapy.
Noting that monkeys and pigs given high doses of gene therapy died or suffered behavioral changes during experiments, Wilson stated, “What is remarkable is we have not seen it before,” adding, “We were surprised but shouldn’t have been. If you push the dose of anything high enough, you are going to see toxicity.”
“It would be very naïve for our community to assume we won’t have toxic effects,” Wilson continued. “People get comfortable, saying, ‘Hey, let’s do it—there is nothing lose.’ Well, it’s out there waiting. But when it’s going to happen, why it’s going to happen—nobody knows.“
Moreover, some are experimenting with gene therapy on an individual basis.
Likewise, in October 2017, Josiah Zayner, CEO of biohacking startup “The Odin,” injected himself utilizing the gene-editing technology, CRISPR, in an effort to enhance his muscles. Last year however, after watching a biotechnology CEO inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, Zayner softened his approach towards experimenting with the untested treatments.
“Honestly, I kind of blame myself,” Zayner told The Atlantic, adding, “There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”
Billionaire George Soros to Give Race Hustling Groups $220 Million to Wreak Havoc Across America
George Soros is ready to crank up racial tensions during the 2020 election cycle.
On July 13, 2020, the Open Society Foundations, a group founded by billionaire George Soros, revealed that it would donate $220 million during the next five years to organizations who allegedly support racial equality in America.
Of the total he plans on donating, $150 million will be sent to “Black-led justice organizations that helped to create and now sustain the momentum towards racial equality.” The remaining $70 million will be allocated towards supporting “ongoing efforts to fight voter suppression and disinformation and ensure safe and secure elections in the midst of the pandemic,” and “nurturing civic engagement among young people,” according to a statement the foundation published.
These donations could play a crucial role in the 2020 elections as both parties attempt to court minorities votes.
The New York Times described Soros’ efforts as “a huge financial undertaking that will support several Black-led racial justice groups for years to come.” According to Amir Tibon of Haaretz, “Soros has donated previously to causes of racial equality and criminal justice reform in the United States, but Monday’s announcement could make the Jewish billionaire the largest single donor to groups fighting for racial justice.”
“Black Voters Matter” is one project Soros’ organizations will be running, which aims to increase voter registration and participation among Africa Americans. Similarly, the “Circle for Justice Innovations”, a group taking the lead on criminal justice reform and mass incarceration will also be activated.
Alex Soros, the oligarch’s son and the deputy chair of Open Society, commented in a statement that “this is the time for urgent and bold action to address racial injustice in America.”
Nationalists across the globe have warned about Soros’ influence when it comes to mass migration and the promotion of degenerate lifestyles.
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