1/26/15 Panel

Jan 26, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: President Obama in India, Elections in Greece, Blizzard, Reactions to American Sniper, and Medical Treatments Tailored to Patient's DNA.

9/3/14 Panel

Sep 3, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Vlad Larov is an investigative reporter and writer at The Kiev Post.

Topics include:
Sotloff Execution
Putin on Kiev
Million Ukrainians Displaced
More Troops to Baghdad
DNA clears Convicted Murderers

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The Vermont Supreme Court says the state can't collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they've been convicted of a felony.

Studying the origins of life can have some benefits.  Scientists have been able to search for clues to beginnings of life down to the cellular level. And then they narrowed the search down even further.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a look at the study of our DNA with this molecular biochemistry...and how this study has resulted in some new and unexpected advances in medicine.

We'll also spend an academic minute studying another type of DNA...the building blocks of flowers.

Studying the DNA of the ancient Amborella flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals.

The University at Buffalo's Dr. Victor Albert is looking deeply into the ancient origins of this Amborella and working to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.

Advances in biotechnologies have been vital in the analysis of the DNA of the first peoples of America.

Dr. Ripan Malhi, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, discusses both the importance and the difficulty of this type of research.

University of Alabama

It wasn’t that long ago that scientists unlocked the human genome. Now, your unique genetic sequence can be mapped, paving the way for personalized health care…and perhaps high tech identity theft.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dr. Bruce Korf from the department of Genomics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham about the challenges of maintaining privacy in the information age.

We’ll also visit a school in the northeast that has been getting along quite well without a principal…and we’ll spend an academic minute making you want to scream.

A Vermont judge has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of murdering his wife in 1994, after newly analyzed DNA evidence raised questions about the case.

Fifty-year-old John Grega, formerly of Lake Grove, N.Y., on Long Island, was serving life without parole in the rape and murder of his then-31-year-old wife Christine while they were vacationing at a West Dover condominium.

Last month, his lawyers filed a motion to have his conviction thrown out, which potentially could have set him free. A hearing had been set for Friday.

There's a new wrinkle in the case of a man trying to use DNA evidence to reverse his 1994 Vermont murder conviction.

Lawyers for 50-year-old John Grega of Lake Grove, N.Y., say DNA evidence taken from the body of his dead wife Christine did not come from Grega, but from another, unknown male who was likely the real killer.

A prosecutor, however, says it may have come from skin particles left by someone else on an object Grega allegedly used in the attack at the condo they were renting in West Dover.

Lawyers for a former New York man in prison for the 1994 murder of his wife say new analysis of DNA evidence points strongly to his innocence.

The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus report that the prisoners' rights division of the defender general's office has filed court papers on behalf of John Grega, who was convicted in 1995 in the rape and murder of his wife, Christine, the previous year.

The Gregas were from Lake Grove, N.Y., on Long Island and were vacationing in West Dover when Christine Grega was killed.