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Whether it's 23andme or any of the other many startups and existing genetic testing and profiling companies, there is little doubt that genetic screening will be a standard part of diagnostic testing in the near future. Recent and newly discovered technologies relating to automating DNA testing, profiling and screening, leading to higher accuracy, greater efficiency and much lower cost will disrupt health care leading to more, not less patient control and information transparency. Considering that much medical care is still stuck in the Braille System, meaning "let's try this and see if it works," widespread inclusion of DNA-related testing in mainstream medicine will only aid transparency and increase positive outcomes, both in treatment and most importantly, in preventive care.
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A new week-long series from +LiveScience  explores the effects of 11 billion people (estimated pop. in 2100) on the planet. First up is my article on what 11 billion people means for food security: http://www.livescience.com/41300-11-billion-food-security.html . A sad fact I learn reporting this is that 1 out of every 4 food calories produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.
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Researchers are developing a vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus, but how will we know if the vaccine works? I spoke with NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci about planned clinical trials to test the vaccine http://www.livescience.com/32030-h7n9-vaccine-clinical-trials.html
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