In the future, can we get DNA tests as children to find out what types of diets to eat and what kinds of medicine to take? If only it was that easy. A new study suggests that, for most common diseases, genes alone only tell part of the story–and the environment tells the rest of it, because it interacts with DNA in ways that are difficult to predict. Geneticist Barak Cohen says, "Having a particular genetic variant may not have much of an effect but combined with a person’s environment, it may have a huge effect."
How will what has happened in the past (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) be different from what will happen tomorrow? Google has invested an undisclosed amount of money in a startup company that says it can predict the future, something our resident prophet John Hogue is going to talk about this weekend.
The company doesn’t sell any products, but says it has developed software that can predict the stock market and terrorist activity by keeping track of how often the same person or event is mentioned somewhere on the web.