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Excerpt: The future of medicine

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The Jacobs Institute, a nonprofit medical innovation center launched by Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, tapped a team of journalists and futurists to predict where medicine will go in the next quarter-century. Below, some predictions from the recently published “Future of Medicine” report, available in full at futureof.org/medicine-1-0.

In 5 years: “The FDA will consider a drug’s price in its approval process, accelerating drug and price competition.”

In 10 years: “Virtual reality headsets for Alzheimer’s patients will be used daily to stave off the disease, with light therapy reawakening the brain’s natural immune cells and setting them to work.”

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In 20 years: “Transplants of organs from anybody will be possible by using CRISPR technology to tweak the immune receptors that identify transplanted organs as foreign.”