August 12, 2013

Family of Henrietta Lacks, Unwitting Source of HeLa Cells, To Get Some Control Over Genome

August 12, 2013 - Segment 2 - Last week NIH announced an agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks - whose cells were collected and used for research, without her knowledge or permission, by Johns Hopkins University over 50 years ago - that will finally give them recognition and some degree of control over how the genome of these important cells is used.
May 16, 2013

Breast Cancer: Treatment Options, Genes, and Controversy

May 16, 2013 - Segment 1 - We talk about both the praise and controversy over actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene, which indicated she would likely develop breast cancer in her lifetime. We talk about the genes at the center of her decision, genes that are patented and whose expensive diagnostic tests are inaccessible for many ordinary people.
April 10, 2013

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans

April 10, 2013 - Hour 1 - Author and songwriter John Milton Wesley co-hosts the show with Marc, and Dr. Harriet A. Washington joins us to talk about her book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, about the history of racial disparities in medicine.
March 4, 2013

Second Biennial Henrietta Lacks Symposium: Remembering Her Legacy

March 4, 2013 - Segment 3 - We speak with participants of the Second Biennial Henrietta Lacks Symposium: The Dignity of Difference, which is happening at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Thursday, March 7th.