Science, Health and Technology
2:47 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Scientists in the Corn Belt make great strides in soybean science

University of Missouri plant scientist Melissa Mitchum inspects a plant for soybean cyst nematode in her greenhouse.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the nation’s farmers will deliver a record 3.42 billion bushels of soybeans this year. The USDA is also forecasting that this year for the first time Brazil will overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of soybeans. That means the pressure is on American soybean farmers like Brian Flatt, 41, to eke out even more soybeans from his fields.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:16 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington University researchers analyze genomes of two major cancers

Brookings Hall, Washington University St. Louis
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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:11 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Surreptitious genome sequencing could come from discarded coffee cups

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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA — holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:39 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

On cancer

An image of cervical cancer cells.
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On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
Scott Suppelsa

Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

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5:15 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. lawmakers pass extending fee for DNA samples

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to continue a fee for collecting DNA samples from criminals.

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