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How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

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How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

Post by growthhormone » January 31st, 2018, 10:29 pm

How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

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Re: How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

Post by LuckyR » February 1st, 2018, 3:26 am

growthhormone wrote:
January 31st, 2018, 10:29 pm
How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?
No (if by "predict" you mean: "accurately predict") for individuals. It can be used to predict things for large groups.
"As usual... it depends."

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Re: How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

Post by growthhormone » February 1st, 2018, 9:19 pm

LuckyR wrote:
February 1st, 2018, 3:26 am
growthhormone wrote:
January 31st, 2018, 10:29 pm
How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?
No (if by "predict" you mean: "accurately predict") for individuals. It can be used to predict things for large groups.
" It can be used to predict things for large groups". For example?

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Re: How can medical sciences be used to predict human future?

Post by LuckyR » February 2nd, 2018, 3:03 am

growthhormone wrote:
February 1st, 2018, 9:19 pm
LuckyR wrote:
February 1st, 2018, 3:26 am


No (if by "predict" you mean: "accurately predict") for individuals. It can be used to predict things for large groups.
" It can be used to predict things for large groups". For example?
Well, for example if you have a BRCA1 mutation you have an 80% chance of getting breast cancer. This does not tell an individual if they are going to get cancer or not. OTOH if I have a group of 1000 people with the mutation I can tell them 800 will get cancer.
"As usual... it depends."

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