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This is amazing news for MS sufferers, and this research also provides hope for other auto-immune diseases such as diabetes and lupus.

This is world-changing medical news, folks. We're living in an age where we can cure all manner of diseases that used to kill people. I suspect that, in the next 50 years, diseases won't kill anyone anymore.

That is, if the effects of the Singularity don't solve all our problems sooner. Or destroy us the moment after it happens.

Thanks to adammaker for the heads-up.

Best,
Chris

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copperwise
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
He's only referring to one specific type of diabetes which is autoimmune related, it won't do a thing for the others.

Actually, the number of diseases we don't have cures for far outnumbers the ones that we do, and the most likely scenario in the next not-even-50 years is a pandemic or two.
mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure, Ms. Glass Half Empty ;-)

When I said, "we can cure all manner of diseases that used to kill people," I didn't mean "all diseases," I meant that we're curing many more all the time, and I expect that trend to continue - and ramp way up - as our technological capabilities grow exponentially.

But, yeah, a pandemic before then will pretty much wipe us. And the way people are, it's a more likely outcome than saving us. *sigh*
copperwise
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
*grin*

The glass isn't half empty...a nice pandemic will take care of the overpopulation issue...probably help out with global warming as well, since there won't be so many factories and cars.

Yeah, I'm just a beacon of hope today, aren't I? ;)
mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! You bring hope for the future! And stuff.

;-)
ziactrice
Oct. 23rd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
The glass is full if one is able to ask the question in the same environment that the glass resides within, because the part that isn't full of liquid will be filled with air.

Now, depending on the pressure and other environmental conditions and chemical speciations, the volumetric ratio of the phases - or even the quantity of phases simultaneously present - may change substantially. ;)
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