genetics http://wamc.org en "Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson http://wamc.org/post/sex-itself-sarah-richardson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y.</span></p><p>Using methods from history, philosophy, and gender studies of science, Sarah Richardson examines in her new book, <em>Sex Itself</em>, how gender has helped to shape the research practices, questions asked, theories and models, and descriptive language used in sex chromosome research.</p><p>Sarah Richardson is assistant professor of the history of science and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 80199 at http://wamc.org "Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson The Philadelphia Chromosome http://wamc.org/post/philadelphia-chromosome <p></p><p>In <em>The Philadelphia Chromosome</em>, journalist <a href="http://jessicawapner.com/the-philadelphia-chromosome/">Jessica Wapner</a> tells the story of the breakthrough cancer drug Gleevec, which has saved the lives of thousands of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and other cancers since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2001.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64526 at http://wamc.org The Philadelphia Chromosome Conn. Chief Medical Examiner Seeking Genetic Clues to Newtown Shooting http://wamc.org/post/conn-chief-medical-examiner-seeking-genetic-clues-newtown-shooting <p></p><p>Connecticut's chief medical examiner says he's seeking genetic clues to help explain why a shooter killed 20 children and six adults in a Newtown elementary school.</p><p>Dr. H. Wayne Carver tells The Hartford Courant that he wants to know if there is any identifiable disease associated with the behavior of the shooter, Adam Lanza. He is working with the University of Connecticut department of genetics.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 54242 at http://wamc.org John Schimenti – Cornell University http://wamc.org/post/john-schimenti-cornell-university <p>New research has found that a missing gene could be responsible for almost 28% of human breast cancer cases, that’s more than 60,000 cases a year in the U.S. and more than 383,000. The study on the NF1 gene, and its role in breast cancer, is from Cornell University. For more on the findings, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with the research paper’s senior author, John Schimenti, a professor of genetics at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Brian Shields 47257 at http://wamc.org The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic http://wamc.org/post/violinists-thumb-and-other-lost-tales-love-war-and-genius-written-our-genetic <p>We speak with Sam Kean about his book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316182311/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0316182311&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The Violinist&#39;s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0316182311" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:33:28 +0000 Joe Donahue 45131 at http://wamc.org The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic