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Perfection Is Skin Deep: Everyone Has Flawed Genes

Researchers found a surprising number of mutations, including several associated with disease, in the genes of normal healthy people. Their study raises questions about whether widespread genetic sequencing could end up scaring people for no good reason.
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Nigeria Pressured To Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Villages

Last spring, the Nigerian government pledged millions of dollars to decontaminate a region where hundreds of kids have died from severe lead poisoning. So far, none of the money has been released. The delay in the cleanup puts thousands of kids at risk of getting sick, public health advocates say.
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Maryland Pregnancy Center Case Reconsidered In Federal Court

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from an anti-abortion Maryland pregnancy center which objects to a law requiring them to post notifications about their stance on abortions and birth control.

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Fruit Fly Nose Says Steer Clear Of Deadly Food; Human Nose Not So Reliable

Although we can usually smell when food goes bad, humans just don't have the fruit fly's direct path from nose to brain that alerts it to food poison. But the detection of this pathway could someday lead to more research that could help us develop better bug repellants.
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Baby Bust: Why The U.S. Birth Rate Is Declining

The U.S. birth rate is at the lowest level ever recorded, according to the Pew Research Center. One contributing factor is a sharp drop in the number of immigrant women having babies. Host Michel Martin discusses the trend with Pew researcher Gretchen Livingston and with Maria Gomez of Mary's Center, an immigrant social services organization.
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Trying To Understand Murder And Suicide

The sports world was shocked when Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then took his own life last weekend. His death is raising many questions, and has people wondering what leads someone to take such extreme measures. Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Thomas Joiner, author of the book Myths About Suicide.

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