A look ahead: Plans for our November 2035 issue

Published: March, 2014

What events will we be highlighting in the 60th Anniversary issue of the Harvard Health Letter? Prophecy is always fun — and hazardous. But since many of us won't be around to see how well we've done, here goes:

Over the next 30 years, it seems very likely that the tools of molecular biology will identify the genes that make us vulnerable to many of the most common diseases — including Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis (which causes heart disease and stroke), many forms of cancer, and diabetes. The hope: This knowledge will lead to prevention strategies and cures. Telling which diseases will "fall" first to the power of genetics, however, is beyond the ability of our crystal ball.

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