The Leonard Lopate Show

J. Craig Venter on Synthetic Genomics and the Future

Monday, October 21, 2013

Renowned scientist J. Craig Venter explains the new field of synthetic genomics, detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. In 2010, scientists led by Venter became the first to successfully create “synthetic life,” and  he looks at how it can lead to chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, and possibly even our own evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a study of this emerging field from the inside.

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New Tech City

VIDEO: When the Amish Go High Tech

Monday, September 30, 2013

Amish and Mennonite communities are often perceived as being "anti-technology," but their relationship with technology is more nuanced than that.  They examine what the technology is, what it offers and then decide whether to accept it in their lives.  Call it the "Amish Algorithm."

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The Takeaway

Diagnosing the Annual Medical Checkup

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dr. Gilbert Welch is a general internist at the White River Junction, Vermont VA and a professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research. He's also the author of "Over-Diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health" and joins The Takeaway to discuss when to use preventative medicine, and his suggestions for improving the annual checkup.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Today's Supreme Court Opinions: Gene Patenting

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions today on one or more critical cases. Noah Feldman, Harvard law professor, Bloomberg View columnist and author of Cool War: The Future of Global Competition comments on last week's gene patent opinion and offers analysis of today's rulings.

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Supreme Court: Human Gene Can't be Patented

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The US Supreme Court has ruled that pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies cannot patent a human gene, even if they’re the first to discover it.


The Takeaway

Is Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice Available to All Women?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times, actress and director Angelina Jolie announced that she recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and was at high risk for developing the disease. Is her choice one that is available to all women? 

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Science 101: Evolution and Genes

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Just 13% of eighth-graders were deemed proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.

Our Science expert is Rob DeSalle, curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Today: Evolution and genes

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The Takeaway

Court Says Company Cannot Patent Human Gene

Thursday, April 01, 2010

More than 4,300 human genes have been patented by private companies or academics. But yesterday, a Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that Myriad, a biopharmaceutical company, could no longer hold the patent on several genes, including two that are closely associated with breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling has reignited an ethical debate over whether a gene - something that exists naturally and in every human - can become intellectual property. 


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The Takeaway

First Take: New Drilling and Old Drilling, Who Owns Genes?, Collapsing the Achievement Gap

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UPDATED 6:15 p.m

Alex Goldmark here picking up the evening shift. 

We're watching a few different stories in the running for tomorrow's show. First up, is a nagging curiosity we've had for a few days now. A smattering of local press a few days back labelled Memphis the hunger capital of America. We're finding out why Memphis stands out. 

It occured to us that if it is such an enormous undertaking to pull off the US census, what is it like in India where they have more than a billion people? Well it takes more than two million census workers for one. 

And we'll have  another installment of our value series with Farai Chideya looking at how the changing economy has changed people's moral outlook in some way. 


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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Michael Specter on retroviruses

Monday, November 26, 2007

Michael Specter talks about ancient, deadly viruses that are being brought back from extinction, wha