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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 01, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, July 13, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.
Monday, January 23, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
Friday, May 06, 2011
By Jami Floyd : IAFC Blogger
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 ...