Science, medicine and the future of humanity

Sep 24, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

Dr. Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate and Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthstressed the importance of education and that one person, even a child, in a developing country can make a difference by taking on new health habits and being an example to those around him. He told moderator Shaifali Puri, from  Scientists Without Borders,  that many people in developing countries often welcome Americans and others that travel there to help them.  And so scientists can be “science diplomats” that have the interest and well-being of people in mind, no matter what the people’s backgrounds are. He sees public health as an important discourse area to lead the world in health and possibly peace.
He is optimistic, saying “Out of the depth of despair, good things can happen” and pointing out that South Korea, decimated like North Korea after the Korean War, is now the 12th largest economy in the world.