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Justices Appear Skeptical Of Patenting Human Genes

A case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine came before the Supreme Court on Monday, involving a company that has patented two genes linked to cancer. While the patent challengers lost in the lower court, they seemed to have a more receptive audience at the Supreme Court.

Cordoning Off The Scene Of The Marathon Explosion

Co-host Melissa Block talks to WBUR's Bruce Gellerman about the scene after explosions Monday near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. "Essentially the whole downtown of Boston is a crime scene," he says.

Law Enforcement Probe Of The Boston Explosions

Co-host Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about what law enforcement officials are trying to learn about the explosions at the Boston Marathon. She says the FBI has sent counter terrorism officials to the scene.

Explosions Rock The Boston Marathon

Two people were killed and several more injured by explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Tovia Smith about the incident.

A Vintage Sound For Tax Day: The Clack Of An Adding Machine

As part of All Things Considered's series on now-obsolete sounds, listeners recall fond memories of the old mechanical adding machine.

Background Checks Bill Gains Backers On And Off Capitol Hill

The Senate is set to take up legislation that would expand gun buyer background checks on the heels of an endorsement from an important gun rights group, and steady pressure from Sandy Hook families.