Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Mon, 26th May 2014

The Cost of a Life

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We often hear about amazing new medical developments which could improve disease treatment. But what about the ethical considerations involved in deciding how to use these advances? Hannah Critchlow and Ginny Smith discuss how we decide which drugs we can afford and what the limits are on designer babies. Plus how DJ's help get you in the groove, the risk of dengue fever at the World Cup, and how you can win the 10 million Longitude prize!

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  • 10:54 - World's Largest Dinosaur

    This week, a farm worker in Argentina stumbled upon a bone belonging to the largest dinosaur to have ever walked the planet...

  • 13:05 - Dengue World Cup

    Conditions are predicted to reach fever pitch at the World Cup in Brazil, with fears over Dengue fever outbreak.

  • 18:24 - Placentas teeming with bugs

    Billions of bugs are already on and inside a baby within the first few days of life - but where do they come from? We find out!

  • 24:02 - Pricing the value of life

    In the UK our National Health Service has limits on its budgets. How do we decide which treatments we can afford to offer?

  • 31:24 - Why are drugs so expensive?

    How do developing countries gain access to treatments? And why do drugs cost so much in the first place?

  • 37:19 - Hacking your DNA data

    With more and more people getting their DNA sequenced, Yaniv Erlich from MIT discusses how to keep the data private.

  • 44:29 - Selecting babies by their DNA

    How genetics are used to screen embryo's for disease, could couples create designer babies, and should the government interfere?

  • 50:36 - Is some of the universe anti-matter?

    What evidence is there that the universe is primarily made of matter as opposed to antimatter? How would we be able to tell if roughly half the galaxies out there were primarily antimatter?



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