• Question: if you would discover a cure for the most dangerous, deadly and rare disease would you communicate to other scientists about it?

    Asked by zoya on 20 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Ettie Unwin

      Ettie Unwin answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Yes! I think as scientists who work in this area we should share our findings with everyone to help reduce the amount of disease there is in the world. I think cross country collaborations are the way to help reduce global disease.

    • Photo: Matthew Bareford

      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Most definitely! and to be honest, something like that would probably already require a lot of communicating with a lot of other scientists to find it. Collaboration and working together is what science is all about

    • Photo: Marianne King

      Marianne King answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Definitely! Very competitive scientists might be secretive about it though. This can be a problem in the scientific community! Unfortunately publishing research can be so competitive that it forces people to be quite guarded about their findings or ideas sometimes. It’s a shame because as Ettie and Matthew have said collaboration is so key to science working well.

    • Photo: David Wilson

      David Wilson answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Yes, as Matthew said, to cure any disease will require the help and knowledge of many scientists over many years. The cure will have been built upon the published work of other scientists so while you might be able to keep quiet about the work your currently doing it’s unsurprising to find out that others have similar ideas or are trying to answer the same questions at the same time.

    • Photo: Rebecca Moon

      Rebecca Moon answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Of course! Scientists need to share knowledge, and usually we love to tell others about our findings too!

    • Photo: Kaitlin Wade

      Kaitlin Wade answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Of course! I think the only way we can defeat diseases or any health problem is to be communicative and collaborative.

    • Photo: Nina Rzechorzek

      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 21 Jun 2019:


      Yes, to as many scientists and healthcare specialists as I could as long I could be sure they wouldn’t abuse that information to kill people. Sadly we live in a world where bioterrorism is a real threat. Sometimes really precious information can get into the wrong hands, but generally it’s best to collaborate and share everything we find to keep science moving forward.

    • Photo: Alex Blenkinsop

      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 24 Jun 2019:


      Definitely! As the others have said, it takes a huge team of people to discover, test and license a new treatment so it would be impossible to do this alone

    • Photo: Deepak Chandrasekharan

      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 27 Jun 2019:


      Of course – it’s really exciting that we have the internet now and can share findings quickly! We can get other scientists to help verify it’s true and make it better and spread the word too to help the world benefit from it.

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