Greece is going bankrupt. The euro is shaky. The oil inundating the Gulf Coast may eliminate one-third of the US seafood catch. In the midst of this chaos, the nightly news focuses on a medical breakthrough. At a cost of about $100 000, a man with metastatic prostate cancer can be treated with an infusion of his own cells and live, on average, a few months longer....
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This commentary originally appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on July 28, 2010.