• June 13, 2013    

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user dullhunk/ Alex Bateman at the Sanger Institute. Can someone else patent your genes? No, according to a closely watched ruling from the U.S. Supreme court Thursday morning. The Court http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf“>ruled partially for Myriad Genetics, Inc. … Continue reading

  • June 13, 2013  

    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court justices ruled that a company cannot patent an isolated human gene. To look at the implications of the decision and its impact for patients and medical research, Judy Woodruff talks to Todd Dickinson of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Sandra Park of the ACLU. Continue reading

  • June 10, 2013   BY  

    Chickens that lay eggs with life-saving drugs inside. Cyborg rats with microchips embedded in their brains. Beetles wired for wartime surveillance. These are just a few examples of the science fiction-type fantasies that are becoming reality in the animal kingdom as a result of biotechnology. Continue reading

  • June 3, 2013    

    Watch this discussion with Ray Suarez and National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle about the oral hearings on King v. Maryland at the U.S. Supreme Court. This piece first aired in February 2013. Read a full transcript of the interview. The … Continue reading

  • May 15, 2013  

    In a New York Times op-ed, actress Angelina Jolie disclosed she had a preventative double mastectomy because she carries a greater genetic risk of developing breast cancer. Gwen Ifill talks with genetic counselor Beth Peshkin of Georgetown University and Dr. Kenneth Offit of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center in New York. Continue reading

  • December 13, 2012  

    Scientists have not found one master alcoholism gene in DNA but rather several that may affect a person’s susceptibility. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes under the influence to examine the genetic science behind alcoholism and other addictions, and how the answers point to great challenges in curing substance abuse. Continue reading

  • May 24, 2012  

    A year after a U.S. raid killed Osama Bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, a Pakistani court sentenced Dr. Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison this week for helping the CIA locate the al-Qaida leader. Margaret Warner reports on the latest strain in an already tense relationship between the two countries. Continue reading

  • May 24, 2012  

    New tension has emerged in the already troubled U.S.-Pakistani relationship after an Islamabad court sentenced Dr. Shakil Afridi to 33 years for helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden last year. Margaret Warner and The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable discuss the new fallout for diplomatic ties and humanitarian groups. Continue reading

  • January 13, 2012  

    In the 40 years since the federal government promised to find a cure for cancer, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent and much has been learned. Still, the diseases continue to claim more lives each year. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the past, present and future of cancer treatment. Continue reading

  • December 8, 2011   BY  

    Carl Zimmer’s latest book, “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed,” includes a virtual gallery of science-inspired tattoos, the stories of the scientists behind the ink and the science behind the stories. Here is a sample from his book. Continue reading

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