FROM David Baltimore
Can AIDS Ever Be Cured? Since its discovery 30 years ago Sunday, HIV/AIDS has killed 30 million people worldwide. Thirty-three million have the disease now, one million here in the US. There's been progress in getting the pandemic under control -- and one case has been cured. We talk with Nobel laureate David Baltimore and others.
Can AIDS Ever Be Cured? Thirty years ago this past Sunday, the first five cases of what became known as HIV/AIDS showed up in Los Angeles. It has now killed 30 million people worldwide. Thirty-three million have the disease -- one million in the US, and there's been progress. Drugs that once cost $12,000 a year now cost less than $200. Those same drugs that control HIV can prevent its transmission, but only if they're taken before symptoms begin to develop. Should patients be forced to take them? Should more research money go for a cure? What about a vaccine? Can medicine reach the poor who suffer the most?
Are Scientists Closer to Creating Life in a Laboratory? J. Craig Venter is being compared to Galileo, Darwin and Einstein — at the same time he's denounced for trying to "play God." In the 1990's, he beat a team of international scientists in deciphering the human genome. Last week, he announced a breakthrough in creating life in a laboratory , which he called "the first self-replicating species… whose parent is a computer."
Synthetic Cells: Momentous Breakthrough or Ethical Morass? In the 1990's, J. Craig Venter beat a team of international scientists in deciphering the human genome. Last week, he announced a breakthrough in creating life in a laboratory , what he called "the first self-replicating species… whose parent is a computer." Has he really created new life or just modified existing life? In either case, there's already debate over the pros and cons of man-made organisms. Venter envisions vaccines, bio-fuels, even reversing global warming. Skeptics warn of medical accidents and biological weapons getting into the wrong hands. Does "synthetic biology" mean playing God? Would the benefits outweigh the risk of unintended consequences?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.