This is how long the millennial generation from developed countries will live, and we owe it to the improvements of science and technology.
We live longer, and we get older and older. But what can we do to also have a healthier, better life?
Cardiovascular, oncological and neurodegenerative diseases are the new big threats, and open up new challenges for medicine. By now, we know exactly how our body and its organs work from a macroscopic perspective, but what happens at the level of each single cell? Every one of us is an individual with its own, unique DNA which interacts with the environment: life style, infections, nutrition, and other aspects, combined together can lead to personal risks of developing cancers or having a heart attack, or to different responses to the molecules that make our foods and medicines. That is why some people get heavier side effects or show resistance to certain therapies. For this reason, medicine has lately shifted from the concept of "one cure for all" to the concept of personalized and molecular medicine, tailored to each person’s DNA. Moreover, this new way of doing medicine has made blooming professions possible in medical practice, which does only include doctors and nurses anymore, but also data analysts, cultural mediators, biotechnologists, bioinformaticians and medicine communicators.