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Martin Shkreli’s Overpriced HIV Pill Recreated by High Schoolers for $20

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Science and Selflessness

There’s a lot of negativity in the news and media today.

Our instantaneous access to a practically infinite source of knowledge and information also means that everybody knows everybody’s business, or at least they have the opportunity to find out about it. The more we know, the more judgment we pass, and the cycle continues, often in a building avalanche of negativity.

This year especially, we have seen more negativity than most of us are probably used to, with a hate-filled election season and a surge in the visibility and expressivity of a large amount of very unhappy people— which can be a fair and therapeutic act when not tinged with racism and bias.

Over the past year and a half, however, few people have been more criticized across the media than Martin Shkreli, the 33-year-old “pharma bro” who notoriously raised the price of the drug Daraprim, used by people suffering from HIV/AIDS, 5555% over night.

Yet from all the negativity Shkreli spouts, there now comes something good.

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These kids are erasing Shkreli's dark legacy