Bitcoin Funds Scientist’s Cancer Research Project

The bitcoin community is notoriously generous, and donations to cancer research are no exception. Isaac Yonemoto, a PhD scientist in chemistry and biophysics, is trying to raise money to complete work on a promising cancer fighting compound called 9DS in an initiative called Project Marilyn.

“What we’re doing differently from most preclinical research is that we’re going to open source all of our work, and we’re going to release whatever molecules we make without patents. Part of this is because without licensing use of the compound it will be more accessible to all parts of the world,” he said. He believes that champions of decentralized currencies would easily get on board with this type of concept, adding: “The Bitcoin protocol itself started on open-source software to bootstrap its trust model. So I think bitcoin users understand the other benefits of open source.”