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Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor, Theoretical Physics, City University of New York. During the 21st century, dramatic advances in science and technology will expand the capacity of health care to extend the human life span and improve the medical quality of life. Genomic medicine will enable physicians of the future to apply computer algorithms in organizing and analyzing genomic data to predict susceptibility to disease. Regenerative medicine will utilize stem cells to facilitate the repair, replacement, and re-growth of aging, damaged, or diseased organs, such as the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, bladder, and ovaries, in patients suffering from cardiovascular illness, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. Nanomedicine will employ micro-miniature robots to detect genetic mutations or lesions that indicate early-stage disease related to sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs’ disease, and cystic fibrosis; or nano-particles to aim “smart bombs” at cancer cells. Medical information will be digitized and available in a personalized “owner’s manual,” while most visits to the doctor will be replaced by consultations via hologram. Sensors embedded in clothing will direct continuous information on a patient’s health into databases. A new era of health care is heralded.