I was passively listening to a story on NPR about Nootkatone and its amazing use as mosquito repellent. I quickly jumped on Namecheap to try and register the domain name. To my surprise, a bunch of other people, apparently also listening to NPR, had just registered the domain name with in seconds of me having the thought.

Damn you guys!

Anyways, according to the report on NPR, Nootkatone is a chemical in grapefruit which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit that can be used as a new mosquito repellent that is better smelling and less greasy than deet. I wonder if just rubbing a grapefruit on my face will have the same effect?

Another issue that was mentioned in this story that really bothers me is the fact that even though the CDC owns the patent to this technology, they are licensing it out to private companies to make the consumer product.

Apparently this kind of stuff happens all the time. The government would use tax payer money to discover great advances in technology and medicine through public institutions such NASA, NSF, CDC, etc… But when they finally get something cool, they don’t use it to make money to pay back the public. Instead they give it to corporations which then charge Americans an arm and a leg to buy the products from them.

So when the Republicans go on TV and complain that regulations and taxes stifle corporations, they are full of shit. The public pays for a lot of innovation and research through our universities and public programs. It’s only fair that we reap the benefit of the innovations, and not the shareholders.

  • guest

    its not in grapefruit…it smells like grapefruit. its an ingredient that comes from cedar trees in alaska

  • Anonymous

    Ok you got me. I did say I was passively listening =)… But thank you kind sir.

  • nootkawhat

    I’m not having any luck in locating the two companies the CDC has licensed to develop it. I suggest finding and investing in them. If it works as well as depicted on NPR this morning, this is going to be HUGE!

  • In the story, the researcher says, “If you’ve eaten a grapefruit, you have consumed nootkatone.”

  • Tim

    Did anyone discover what two companies are working with the CDC?

  • Pshenbrown

    Finally, someone with common sense! But most Americans are so afraid of socialism that even suggesting that the government should make money by selling a product is greeted with disbelief. Nationalized industries have a mixed record – successful in some places and corrupt in others, but I would think with our vaunted system of checks and balances we could afford to experiment. I am far more worried about Big Brother, Inc. watching me than anything the government is likely to do.

    As to the two companies, I found one called Allylix and another called Isobionics on a google.

  • Mjww

    crybaby. you wanted to register and make money off the name, without doing any work