What the Bungled Response to HIV Can Teach Us About Dealing With Covid-19
Politics, public health and a pandemic. What we didn’t learn from HIV.covid-19politicsmedicine Brian Kamerzel Jill Rosenbaum
Meatless Burgers Are on Trend. Eating to Save the World Has a Long History.
Plant-based meats may be high tech, but the ideas behind them have been around for decades.popular-cultureenvironment Anne Checler Jill Rosenbaum Sandra McDaniel Victor Couto
Lingering Peril From Lead Paint
About half a million children have dangerously high lead levels in their blood, mostly from exposure to peeling paint and contaminated dust. The fight over who should clean it up has lasted for decades.law-policyenvironment Bret Sigler Jill Rosenbaum Sandra McDaniel
Born by Surrogate: New Paths to Parenthood
Parenthood through surrogacy has become accepted in the United States, but it’s relatively unregulated compared with other countries – something that can be traced back to case of Baby M.sex-gender Sandra McDaniel Anne Alvergue Jill Rosenbaum Olivia Katrandjian
Genetic Screening: Controlling Heredity
With every new advance in prenatal genetic screening, the ability to prevent suffering has also sparked difficult questions about what should count as “a disease” versus “a difference,” and whether we’re in danger of wiping out certain segments of the population. This story was produced in collaboration with PBS, American Experience.science-technologymedicine Brian Kamerzel Jill Rosenbaum
Old Attitudes on Addiction Are Changing. So Are Treatments.
Overdose deaths are skyrocketing, forcing researchers to find new ways to think about and treat addiction.science-technologymedicine Anne Checler Jill Rosenbaum Barbara Dury Victor Couto
Selling the Code: Can Genetic Testing Services Really Predict Your Future?
Today, companies market genetic tests for everything from cancer to diet and exercise. But how much can tests like 23andme really predict?science-technologymedicine Sandrine Isambert Jill Rosenbaum Meral Agish Olivia Katrandjian
Fixing the Code: Genetically Engineering Your DNA to Cure Disease
For the past 20 years, scientists have been trying to cure disease by altering DNA. We examine how with CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing and the revival of gene therapy, they’re closer than ever.medicinescience-technology Sandrine Isambert Jill Rosenbaum Meral Agish Olivia Katrandjian
Finding the Code: The Race to Sequence the Human Genome and What It Means
One of biology’s most spectacular achievements – the race to sequence the human genome – was billed as a way to end disease. Here’s where it led.medicinescience-technology Sandrine Isambert Jill Rosenbaum Meral Agish Olivia Katrandjian
How Heroin Addiction's Rural Spread Changed the War on Drugs
From time to time over the past 40 years, efforts were made to treat heroin addiction as a public health instead of a crime problem. But they were not successful.law-policy Kenneth Levis Jill Rosenbaum Sarah Weiser
Fire Safety and Chemicals in our Clothes
There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today. The story of TRIS, removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s, illustrates just how hard it is to regulate chemicals, or to even know if they’re safe.science-technology Anne Alvergue Jill Rosenbaum Olivia Katrandjian
A Right to Die?
Should doctors be allowed to help suffering patients die? In 1990, with his homemade suicide machine, Dr. Jack Kevorkian raised that question. It’s an issue Americans still struggle with today.medicine Anne Alvergue Jill Rosenbaum Olivia Katrandjian
The Long War on Cancer
When President Richard Nixon vowed to make curing cancer a national crusade, many anticipated quick results. But decades later, what have we really accomplished?medicine Anne Alvergue Jill Rosenbaum Olivia Katrandjian