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27th Apr '18 11:04:04 PM Jeduthun
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A specific type of MacGuffin, the Cure for Cancer is something like a modern-day ''panacea''. It is the ultimate medical achievement that everyone is looking for. Some people will want to [[MoneyDearBoy sell it]], some will want to [[InformationWantsToBeFree spread it for free]], and some will want to [[WithholdingTheCure destroy it]].

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A specific type of MacGuffin, the Cure for Cancer is something like a modern-day ''panacea''. It is the ultimate medical achievement that everyone is looking for. Some people will want to [[MoneyDearBoy sell it]], some will want to [[InformationWantsToBeFree spread it for free]], and some will want to [[WithholdingTheCure destroy it]].
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20th Apr '18 7:00:28 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' had an alien come to Earth, landing near a small Mexican town. The Mexicans distrusted him/it, and eventually killed it, but not before it tried to give them a gift in a book, which they burned. A nearby white scientist who had seen this happen but was held back from doing anything grabs the book and puts it out. He reads the inscription out loud.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' had an alien come to Earth, landing near a small Mexican town. The Mexicans distrusted him/it, and eventually killed it, but not before it tried to give them a gift in a book, which they burned. A nearby white scientist who had seen this happen but was held back from doing anything grabs the book and puts it out. He reads the inscription out loud.
14th Mar '18 9:01:24 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Dr. Markoff has developed both a means of infecting people with acromegaly (condition usually caused by a defective pituitary gland and having no known cure) and a cure for it. He plans to use the serums in a PisonAndCureGambit.

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* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Dr. Markoff has developed both a means of infecting people with acromegaly (condition (a condition usually caused by a defective pituitary gland and having no known cure) and a cure for it. He plans to use the serums in a PisonAndCureGambit.PoisonAndCureGambit.
14th Mar '18 8:58:18 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Dr. Markoff has developed both a means of infecting people with acromegaly (condition usually caused by a defective pituitary gland and having no known cure) and a cure for it. He plans to use the serums in a PisonAndCureGambit.
10th Mar '18 11:48:15 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': It's mentioned in one episode that the town has cures for the common cold, male pattern baldness, and a few other small but annoying diseases.
-->'''Clerk:''' Still too expensive for mass production, but living in Eureka does have its perks.
8th Mar '18 4:51:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** "The New Breed" involves the use of nanites to monitor and repair cells. However, their "repair" feature doesn't appear to have a limit, and they start improving what they see as flaws of the human body. The person who injects himself with them tests his ability to hold his breath underwater... and the nanites end up giving him gills. Eventually, he also gets eyes on the back of his head to improve his vision. In the end, the inventor of the nanites, his friend, ends up having to kill him. It should be noted that the nanites are still in the testing phase, and the guy only takes them because he has terminal cancer.

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** "The New Breed" involves the use of nanites to monitor and repair cells. However, their "repair" feature doesn't appear to have a limit, and they start [[HarmfulHealing improving what they see as flaws of the human body.body]]. The person who injects himself with them tests his ability to hold his breath underwater... and the nanites end up giving him gills. Eventually, he also gets eyes on the back of his head to improve his vision. In the end, the inventor of the nanites, his friend, ends up having to kill him. It should be noted that the nanites are still in the testing phase, and the guy only takes them because he has terminal cancer.
8th Mar '18 4:45:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Mimic}}'' puts a bit of a twist on this trope in that in order to stop an epidemic affecting the children of New York City, they don't engineer the giant mutant killer bugs to manufacture a direct cure, but because the Judas Breed specifically feed on cockroaches, the disease's carriers. They just become anthropophages after devouring the entire cockroach population.
24th Nov '17 8:05:32 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The episode "Old Man and the Big C" is about Stewie and Brian discovering Carter Pewderschmit is withholding a cure for cancer, because he makes more money from the medical expenses of treating cancer patients.
28th Oct '17 5:51:38 PM Nyame
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* Much like everything else, parodied in ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain''. The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue mentions that Orochimaru discovered such a cure...except it only worked on sharks and turned them into "flying, amphibious hellbeasts". He was promptly barred from practicing medicine. As for the sharks, Kisame took custody and used them to start a circus.
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17th Oct '17 10:04:28 PM Daedalis
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* Mr Block of ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' exhibits a medical device he claims as this for his investor meeting. It's the centerpiece of his successful forays stealing technology from other dimensions.
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