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TEDMED (Virtually) Comes to California

Cookie Monster, now a fruit advocate, will be discussing the importance of eating in moderation at TEDMED. (Photo: PBS)

Cookie Monster, now a fruit advocate, will be discussing the importance of eating in moderation at TEDMED. (Photo: PBS)

What if R2D2 were your doctor? Do proteins have their own social network? And, while we’re at it, can we reshape human perceptions without saying a word?

Those are just a few of the questions that are being addressed this week at the annual TEDMED conference, an off-shoot of the popular TED talks.

The talks, starting today and running through Friday, April 13, explore the future of health and medicine. TEDMED participants range from singer Jill Sobule (best known for her 1995 single “Supermodel“) and our beloved Cookie Monster (yeah, you read that correctly), to the Director of the National Institute of Health Francis Collins and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

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