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The Brian Lehrer Show

The UK is Ready for Three-Parent Babies

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What about the U.S.? After a vote yesterday to legalize the reproductive technology in the UK, we talk about the science and ethical concerns over three-parent babies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christine Kenneally explores how everything from DNA to emotions to the stories we tell are all part of our human legacy and help shape our future.

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Radiolab

Creation Translation

Monday, October 20, 2014

We all know DNA is the Book of Life, the recipe to make you you. But what if the story of us is really DNA's sidekick?

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Top 5 @ 105

Five Amazing Links Between Music and Biology

Thursday, October 16, 2014

 While the natural world has been a muse to composers, music in return has proven a boon to plants. We unearthed our following top five examples of how they relate.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 391: A Grave Responsibility

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.

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PRI's The World

How an American scientist helps grandmothers in Argentina find their ‘stolen’ grandchildren

Thursday, August 07, 2014

For three decades, Mary-Claire King has led efforts to improve genetic technologies that can be used to identify the stolen children of Argentina’s Dirty War. Her partnership with The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo has yielded remarkable results.

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The Takeaway

How DNA Forever Changed Forensic Science

Monday, May 19, 2014

Before developing DNA analysis, hair analysis played a key role in identifying and convicting crime suspects. But now exonerations are forcing the criminal justice system to confront the limitations of hair analysis from days past.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can 23andMe "Solve Health"?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The company 23andMe has attracted the ire of the FDA for offering at home-genetic testing for dozens of complex diseases. The company has already extracted and analyzed the DNA of 650,000 people, making it one of the biggest genetic banks in the world. New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller talks about speaking with the company’s founder, Anne Wojcicki, about her quest to “solve health” through big data analysis of her customers genetic information.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reading a Newborn's DNA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New York Times reporter Anne Eisenberg talks about new technology that allows us to read the DNA of a newborn child and looks at the ethical questions such testing raises for parents and doctors. She’s joined by Dr. Robert Klitzman, professor of clinical psychiatry and bioethics at Columbia University, and Dr. Ed McCabe, the chief medical officer of the March of Dimes, who was active in the National Institutes of Health’s issuing of grants for research into the social, ethical and legal implications of being able to read the DNA blueprint of a newborn. Eisenberg’s article “The Path to Reading a Newborn’s DNA Map” appeared in the New York Times February 8.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What New DNA Analysis Reveals about Inbreeding among Ancient Humans

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Researchers recently analyzed bones that date back more than 300,000 years that were found in Spain. Wall Street Journal science writer Robert Lee Hotz explains why the DNA in those bones reveals that inbreeding among ancient humans was more widespread than scientists had previously thought. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mysteries of the Coelacanth's DNA

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Coelacanths have been around for 380 million years and are among the most enigmatic and rare fish in the ocean. Earlier this year scientists finished sequencing the coelacanth genome. The project has provided precious clues into our evolutionary tree, including the revelation that the coelacanth is more closely related to us than modern salmon. Samantha Weinberg an assistant editor at Intelligent Life magazine and the author of the article "A Fish Caught in Time"

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DNA Secrets

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and Nation contributor, and Emma Keller, columnist for The Guardian, discuss the special they worked on together for WNYC all about DNA and how much you actually want to know about your genes. Plus, their next project: reporting on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brooke Gladstone on DHS Oversight; MTA; DNA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of On The Media talks about a new program to shed light on the Department of Homeland Security (with a little help from listeners). Then, the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a look at the state of the MTA with WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Jim O’Grady. Plus: Emma Keller, columnist for The Guardian, and Kai Wright of Color Lines, talk about their personal exploration of DNA.

On The Media

Genetic Testing Anxiety

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt prepare to send their saliva off to 23andMe, a company that analyzes DNA information. Before they prepare their samples, Brooke and PJ talk with OTM senior producer Katya Rogers, and former OTM producer Jamie York about what they hope to find out from their genetic testing, what they’re concerned about discovering, and the value of having their genetic information online.

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On The Media

Lost, Then Found

Friday, October 18, 2013

While PJ and Brooke wait for the genetic test results to come in, WNYC reporter Mary Harris brings us a cautionary tale about a family of sorts, reunited by a gene data bank.

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On The Media

The Results Are In

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt get their genetic tests back and reveal the results to each other. Then, to help them understand what their results really mean, Brooke and PJ speak to geneticist Greg Lennon, co-founder of SNPedia, a wiki-pedia for genetic information that aims to make “DNA stuff” real. Lennon answers some of Brooke and PJ’s pressing questions about their results. Among other things, Brooke finds out she doesn’t have as much Neanderthal in her genes as she hoped.

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Radiolab

Artist Plays Detective: Can I Reconstruct A Face From A Piece Of Hair?

Friday, June 28, 2013

You find a hair on a table top. A cigarette butt on the street. You take it home, and using not especially sophisticated tools, you recover traces of DNA. Can you now reconstruct the face of the person whose hair that was? Who smoked that cigarette?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project on the Supreme Court's DNA Collection Ruling

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What does the ruling mean?

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Let Me Just Swab Your Cheek Gabfest

Friday, June 07, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The government tracks millions of Verizon phone calls, Chris Christie sets a date for the New Jersey senate election, and the Supreme Court rules on routine DNA

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Allows Police to Collect DNA Samples After Arrests

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the practice of taking DNA samples from people arrested in felony cases, even if they are not charged. The ruling Maryland v. King was made in a 5-4 decision. On shows like Law and Order and CSI, DNA evidence is depicted as the kind of conclusive evidence that can swiftly make or break cases. In real life, however, it's a little more messy. Gregory Laskowski, a criminologist and consultant to the CBS series CSI, explains.

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