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Decoding DNA Secrets

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 7am on AM820, 8pm on AM820.

Genome sequencing is becoming affordable, fast, and poised to revolutionize medicine. But, how much can your genes tell you about your medical fate?  And, will genome scans become a routine part of health care in our lifetimes? 

In this one-hour special, IEEE Spectrum Magazine's Eliza Strickland, who recently had her genome sequenced, takes listeners through her personal journey explaining what genome-sequencing is, what was revealed to her, and how this technology could shape the future of medical care.

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The Takeaway

Building a Synthetic Biological Programming Language

Monday, April 29, 2013

It sounds like a science fiction scheme, but it's real. Drew Endy and the students in his lab at Stanford are exploring the process of programming cells to manufacture DNA. By developing processes to send messages from genomes to cells, they hope to open the key to create a kind of synthetic biological programming platform.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Human Genome Project: Ten Years Later

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 14th marked the tenth anniversary of the first complete mapping of the human genome. Dr. Robert Klitzman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University and author of Am I My Genes?, talks about how human genome sequencing has changed medicine and bioethics.

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WNYC News

City Sifts Debris for 9/11 Remains

Monday, April 01, 2013

The New York City medical examiner’s office will resume its search for human remains from the World Trade Center site. The office hopes advances in DNA identification technology may help identify all 2,753 people who died in the 9/11 attack in New York.

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On The Media

DNA Samples and Privacy

Friday, March 01, 2013

In over half of U.S. states and on the federal level law enforcement, after arresting you but before you’ve been convicted of any crime, can take a DNA sample from you. This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether this kind of search violates 4th Amendment protections and is constitutional.  Bob speaks with New York Times reporter Adam Liptak about the what this kind of DNA samples mean for personal privacy.  

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On The Media

Frustration in the White House Press Corps and More

Friday, March 01, 2013

Why White House reporters are fed up, getting the president's attention through online petitions, and a conversation with The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi.

The Takeaway

Rosalind Franklin and Other Unsung Female Heroes of Science

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sixty years ago this week, James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled their model for the structure of DNA in the journal Nature. It was a revolutionary event, but it wasn’t built on their work alone.

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Radiolab

Close Your Eyes And Imagine A Protein. See Anything? A Housefly, Maybe?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If DNA molecules are the Marilyn Monroes of biochemistry — everybody knows what DNA looks like — what about proteins? Why do most people have no idea what a protein looks like? Well, maybe this will help: proteins that look like houseflies, Bedouins, bumblebees and a pair that look uncannily like Moses and the Burning Bush.

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WNYC News

After Mishandling DNA, Medical Examiner Says Stricter Oversight in Place

Friday, February 15, 2013

City Council members had sharp questions for the office of the chief medical examiner during a hearing Friday. The hearing followed news that the office was reviewing evidence in more than 800 cases because of sloppy work by a lab technician.

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WNYC News

DNA Case Sparks Questions for Legal World

Friday, January 11, 2013

The city medical examiner's office is reviewing hundreds of rape cases in which key evidence may have been mishandled.

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The Takeaway

Rape Kits Mishandled at NYC Lab

Friday, January 11, 2013

The New York City Medical Examiner has announced that the office is reviewing more than 800 rape kits, cases were handled by a former lab technician who made a series of incorrect reports over the course of ten years, from 2001 to 2011. Lawrence Kobilinsky, forensic scientist and chair of the science department at John Jay College, discusses the science of DNA analysis. Erin Murphy, professor of at New York University School of Law, explains the legal issues at stake.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beyond Human Nature

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jesse Prinz discusses how nurture can supplement and supplant nature, allowing us to be influenced by experience and culture rather than just by our DNA. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology in his book Beyond Human Nature, Prinz shows that we can’t always blame mental illness or addiction on our genes, and that societal factors shape gender differences in cognitive ability and sexual behavior.

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The Takeaway

Linking Violence and Biology Through DNA

Friday, December 28, 2012

What happens in the brain of a mass killer that permits such violence to occur? In an attempt to answer this question, researchers at the University of Connecticut are preparing to carry out what may be the first extensive study of the DNA of a mass murderer. Dr. Paul Appelbaum, practicing psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry, medicine, and law at Columbia University, explains.

 

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Radiolab

Inheritance

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stories of nature and nurture slamming into each other, & shaping our biological blueprints.

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The Takeaway

Harvard Geneticist Encodes Book in DNA

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

There are 70 billion copies of Harvard Medical School Genetics professor George Church’s book, "Regenesis," but very few people have read it. What gives?

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Radiolab

Double Blasted

Monday, July 16, 2012

In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt. In this short: an utterly amazing survival story that spans ... well, 4 billion years when you get down to it.

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WNYC News

OWS Angered Over Mistaken DNA Link to 2004 Murder

Friday, July 13, 2012

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement are expressing anger about being linked to a murder case. Earlier this week DNA from the 2004 murder of Sarah Fox was linked to DNA from an Occupy Wall Street protest in March. It was later revealed that the matching samples came from a lab employee who worked both cases.

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The Takeaway

New Developments in DNA Sequencing

Thursday, June 07, 2012

For the first time, scientists have pieced together the entire DNA sequence of an 18-week-old fetus without having to use any invasive tests that could result in a miscarriage. It's an advance that offers a glimpse of the future of prenatal testing. Andrew Pollack covers bio technology for our partner the New York Times, and Dr. Jonathan Moreno is a bioethicist and professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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WNYC News

DNA Database Used to Bring Charges in Cold Case Killing

Monday, January 23, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed expanding the state’s DNA databank, which has led to 27 exonerations and provided leads in over 2,700 convictions, including one cold case.

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It's A Free Blog

There's No Way bin Laden's Alive. How Do we Know? DNA

Friday, May 06, 2011

WNYC

When President Obama made the announcement this week that U.S. Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden, the first question everyone asked was, How can he be so sure?

The answer: DNA.

As a criminal defense attorney, legal analyst and journalist who covered the innocence movement from its inception, I ...

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