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Medicating the megacities

Sep 14, 2010

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and the percentage is growing rapidly. Our bodies often pay a heavy price for urban living – from asthma, heart disease and diabetes, to alcohol and drug abuse. Now, scientists are researching ways through environmental medicine to counteract some of those negative effects. Could a pill inoculate us from smog? Can we target genes that would make us resistant to resurgent infectious diseases?

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