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The Takeaway

Should Doctors Be Compelled to Share Genetic Information with Patients?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Yesterday, The Takeaway discussed new guidelines from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, recommendations that urge doctors to alert their patients of certain genetic conditions, regardless of the patient's wishes. Today, an argument from the other side, with Dr. Robert Green.

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The Takeaway

The Genetic Information You Didn't Ask For

Monday, March 25, 2013

Is it a doctor’s responsibility to tell you if a disease is written on your genetic code? And if so, do you really want him or her to tell you? Thanks to new guidelines by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, this may soon be a reality for many Americans. Last week, the national organization – made up of genetics specialists – published a report urging doctors who sequence a patient’s full set of genes to also test them 24 genetic conditions, and alert the patient, regardless of the patient’s wishes to know or not.

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The Takeaway

Gay Rights and Religion, Cyprus, and the Genetic Info You Didn't Ask For

Monday, March 25, 2013

Growing Up with Gay Parents | Cyprus Lawmakers Hope for Bailout | The Genetic Information You Didn't Ask For | Are Gay Rights More Akin to Civil Rights or Religious Rights?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Privacy and Genetics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Each week in March, we'll talk about medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany, who sits on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She'll discuss some of the thorniest bioethical conundrums of our day.

Today's topic: Privacy and genetics. We want your suggestions of bioethical questions we should discuss. Ask your question below and we'll tackle as many as we can.

This complete interview originally aired live on March 13, 2013 as part of a month-long series. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special hour of Ask a Bioethicist in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Psychiatric Diseases

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A new study published in The Lancet today has found a common genetic thread running through five well-known psychiatric diseases. Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Does the Sequester Represent a Dysfunctional Budget Process? | Cutting Federal Programs A Good Thing for Individual States: A Case Study | The Secrets Process of Picking a Pope | Cold War Musical Envoy and Piano Legend Van Cliburn Dies at 78 | Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Common Psychiatric Diseases | Rosalind Franklin and Other Unsung (Female) Heroes of Science | Want to Give Back? Get a Job on Wall Street

The Brian Lehrer Show

Winning and Losing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's at the core of winning and losing– and how you could tip your odds of success. Co-authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman discuss their new book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.

 

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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

Moms and Inheritance: Tracing the Maternal Line

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ever wonder why so many of the inheritance studies are about men? Molly Webster had that question too...

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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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Radiolab

You Are What Your Grandpa Eats

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lars Olov Bygren, a professor at Umeå University in Sweden, grew up in a remote village north of the Arctic Circle. It wasn't an easy place to be a kid, and he has cold, hard data to back him up: book after book of facts and figures on ...

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Radiolab

Leaving Your Lamarck

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jad starts us off with some wishful parental thinking: that no matter how many billions of lines of genetic code, or how many millions of years of evolution came before you, your struggles, your efforts, matter -- not just in a touchy feely kind of way, but in ways that ...

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Radiolab

A Glimpse of Neverland

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lulu muses on fairy tales and foxes, and the reassuring idea that of all the uncertain things in the universe, one certainty is change.

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The Takeaway

Unhealthy Food May Be Bad for Your Future Offspring, Too

Monday, September 24, 2012

A new area of study looks at how the genetic inheritance of expecting fathers can affect their offspring. The research shows that not only do unhealthy living and other lifestyle factors affect the quality of the sperm, they also affect the health of their unborn children.

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The Takeaway

'Junk DNA' Not So Useless After All

Friday, September 07, 2012

Scientists published the most comprehensive analysis of the human genome & their findings offered a very different view of human DNA than was previously understood or even imagined.

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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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The Takeaway

New Discovery Complicates America's Migrant History

Friday, July 13, 2012

The migratory history of North America has been dominated by the idea of a single, massive wave of migrants traveling from Asia to North America. But a recent report casts doubts upon this theory and suggests that there were at least three migratory crossings that laid the foundations of the New World.

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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

DNA USA

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Geneticist Bryan Sykes discusses examining America, one of the most genetically diverse countries in the world, through its DNA, and what it says about how we perceive race. His book DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America takes readers on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans about their ancestral stories.

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The Takeaway

The American Genealogical Mosaic

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The United States has just over 300 million people. If you break that down to a biological level, that equals about 13.8 billion human chromosomes, and at least 90 trillion human genes. So what do all these genes say about the country? What do they say about us? In his new book "DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America," Bryan Sykes tackles this issue head-on.

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