March 12th 2012, 17:14
Imagine you're a Venusian paying a visit to Earth, and I'm in the welcoming party. Over a bubbling Martian cola I tell you we have a major health problem on the planet - cancer. Our standard therapies kill cancer in 40 per cent of cases - if caught at the earliest stage - and around 5 per cent overall. In other words, most people die from cancer.
Even for a civilization as primitive as ours, this is very poor, you say. Don't you have anything else?