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Arguments You Don't Hear Every Day: Stop Using Your Wealth for Good

Hey, Bill and Melinda: Thanks for the money, but it'd be great if you just stopped trying to fund a cure for malaria. Or so goes the gist of a memo from the World Health Organization's chief of malaria, circulated this week among health agencies, according to this article in the New York Times. The WHO honcho, Arata Kochi, likened the "growing dominance of malaria research" funded by the Gates Foundation to a research "cartel," the article says.

In fairness, Kochi argues that having so much research funded by the same institution makes it more difficult to have independent external reviews of the science. But GTO's gotta tell you, Kochi, that it really just sounds like sour grapes -- sour, not-helping-malaria-victims-at-all grapes.

 

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