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Nobel prize winner calls for preventive approach to fight epidemics and disease

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4443
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    A Nobel prize winner has called for a new approach in medicine that focuses on prevention rather than cure.

    Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and the co-recipient of the 2008 Nobel prize for medicine, told a global forum on 26 October that this could be achieved by using innovative technologies and encouraging a drastic change in the mentality of the medical community and the drug industry.

    Professor Montagnier, addressing delegates at the Biobridge 2009 regenerative medicine conference in Geneva, said that technologies, especially nanotechnologies, are being developed that can identify molecular events …

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