Director Francis Collins and the NIH are undertaking several major initiatives, including imaging the brain, developing a universal flu vaccine, and advancing personalized medicine. But Dr. Collins warns the sequester's across-the-board cuts threaten these and other crucial public-health programs and preparedness. Prior to heading the NIH, he led the Human Genome Project in mapping the sequence of human genes. He also explores the relationship between religion and science in several bestselling books. NIH Director Francis Collins joins us in studio.
NIH Director Plays "The Sequester Blues"
The song was written for the winner of the first annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Ruslan M. Medzhitov, for his ground-breaking work exploring the immune system.
Why It's So Hard For Scientists To Believe In God
Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith "is really asking a different set of questions," says NIH Director Francis Collins.
The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.
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