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Living Lab Radio: July 22, 2019

Jul 21, 2019

A health worker vaccinates a man who has been in contact with an Ebola affected person in the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, 2019.
Credit World Bank / Vincent Tremeau / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://bit.ly/2SoMmYa

"One of the things that we've learned from the West Africa outbreak of Ebola and now the [Democratic Republic of Congo] outbreak is that you can do ethically sound and scientifically sound clinical research within the setting of an ongoing outbreak. We have really learned a lot, and hopefully with the therapeutic trial we'll learn even more." - Anthony Fauci

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives an update on testing of new vaccines and treatments for Ebola. The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed almost 1,700 in the past year.
  • Natalie Rubio of Tufts University is growing meat in the lab - without the need for whole animals. She’s trying to make it look and feel like steaks and pork chops, but says that’s a long way off.
  • A new documentary called Human Nature tells the origin story of CRISPR gene editing technology, and aims to spark conversations about when it’s appropriate to use this powerful tool on our own species.
  • Harvard University’s Elisa New says scientists and poets have a lot in common - curiosity, observation, problem-solving. Her Poetry in Science initiative is getting scientists reading, and talking about, poetry.