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Living Cancer

Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A drug that's effective in patients with certain forms of melanoma is being tested as a treatment for other cancers whose genetic code contains an identical mutation.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

How To Clone a Mammoth - Beth Shapiro

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Could we actually clone a mammoth? Yes and no, says biologist Beth Shapiro--a pioneer in the new science of de-extinction. She takes us behind the scenes to examine the science and ethics of resurrecting extinct species.

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The Takeaway

The Return of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Once the most populous vertebrate in North America, the passenger pigeon went extinct nearly 100 years ago. Now, a group of scientists is figuring out a way to bring them back.

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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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Radiolab

Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story

Sunday, June 29, 2014

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Genes, Race, and Human History

Thursday, May 08, 2014

New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade discusses how the mapping of the genome is shaping new ideas about race and its role in the human story.

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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

How Our Genes Change Our Lives—and Our Lives Change Our Genes

Monday, April 14, 2014

What rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The de Blasio Team; Rev. Billy; Donor Siblings; Pension Problems

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mayor-elect de Blasio appointed some key members of his administration. Hear analysis about what those choices signal. Plus: Billy Talen, a.k.a Reverend Billy, discusses criminal charges he's facing for an environmental protest he was part of; the new world for employees with pensions after the Detroit bankruptcy decision; and the person behind the Donor Sibling Registry, Wendy Kramer.

The Takeaway

Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine recently released a study arguing that memories can be passed on through DNA. It’s the latest piece in a growing body of evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, and if it’s right, it could change the way we act in our everyday lives.

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The Takeaway

FDA Challenge Raises Questions on Right to Genetic Information

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The genetic-analysis company 23andMe has garnered a devoted following since its launch in 2006. Now the Food and Drug Administration has ordered the company to halt sales of its signature product, the Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service. Nita Farahany, professor of law, genomics and policy at Duke University, took the 23andMe test. She argues that the FDA is overreaching in their regulation of the company.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

23andMe vs. F.D.A.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The F.D.A. warned genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing their product, as they need more approvals from the agency. Alice ParkTime magazine staff writer covering health, shares on the latest.

Any 23andMe users? Call us and tell us what you've done with your results and how you feel about the company's marketing promises.

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New Tech City

Genetic Screening of Every Child

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Scientists at the recently opened New York Genome Center eventually want to screen every child in New York State. But if doctors found that your child had a genetic disorder, would you want to know? 

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New Tech City

Mutated Code and the Amish Algorithm

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Two groups of people that shy away from many technologies — Amish and Mennonites — are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics. 

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WNYC News

Study Finds Cockroaches Stick to Their Homes, More or Less

Monday, September 30, 2013

We may share more in common with cockroaches than we'd like to think.

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WNYC News

16 Institutions to Work Together at NYC's New Genetics Center

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A new research center that will be one of the largest genetics research facilities in North America opened in lower Manhattan Tuesday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Social Lives and Our Genes

Monday, August 26, 2013

David Dobbs explains how epigenetics works and looks at how our social lives affect our genes. Studies have shown that our genes are socially fluid and social isolation can be deadly.

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New Tech City

Genspace Brings DIY Biolab to Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At the Genspace community biolab in Downtown Brooklyn, citizen scientists are coming together to explore the basics of biology — and maybe discover something that will transform our lives.

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The Takeaway

Your Experiences with Genetic Testing and Reactions to Angelina Jolie's Preventative Mastectomy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The news that actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she carried BRCA1 -- gene linked to breast cancer -- elicited a range of responses from Takeaway listeners. er.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Our debaters are Sheldon Krimsky, Lord Robert Winston, Nita Farahany, and Lee Silver.

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