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Alejandra  Reynes

Very impressive!!! we are know on 2009, I want to know the status of this amazing project that can help MS patients to improve thier way of life or even more: recovered thier myeline, and get well. If they already discover a drug that can help them and how can common people can get it. It is very important for me because my husband suffers this ill. Tks a lot.

Mike Nevens

This distributed network approach will be useful when the challenge is to rapidly exploit the full potential of a given line of research. The Manhattan Project and Mercury-Gemini-Apollo moon project were similar inthat they brought together large multidisciplinary teams to quickly solve complex research problems. This new model eliminates the costly need to put the team in one place. This approach does not work when the solution demands a fresh approach outside the line that the distributed team is on.

That is often the problem in more conventional research approaches. It is difficult to get funding for approaches that are not in line with the mainstream. It is also hard to get unconventional results published or discussed at conferences. This sort of networked team structure will likely make it harder to break out of the current conventional wisdom.

That sort of discontinuous innovation would benefit from making these sorts of networks truly open source and lowering other barriers--especially the cost of journals--to timely access to research data. Giving more researchers the opportunity to problem solve from all of the available knowledge would be of immense benefit.

Bruce Hoppe

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. BTW, three links in the "Innovating innovation" section all point to microsoft.com. How ironic.

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