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Living Lab Radio: July 22, 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.
World Bank / Vincent Tremeau
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"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. 

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.