Jay Bradner is a researcher at Harvard University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In a recent Ted Talk video, he shares how he developed a compound that can attach itself to a rare cancer gene so that it “forgets” that it’s cancer and stops growing.
Rather than keep his finding a secret, he published a paper and released the chemical identity of the compound to the medical research community and encouraged others to experiment and test it, which over 70 labs are now doing. As a result of this open source approach, labs are having success in experiments that are preventing the growth of leukemia and multiple myeloma cells. Click below to watch the video.