November 25, 2002 Researchers studying autism say strong scientific evidence suggests the developmental disability begins in the genes. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.
November 21, 2002 Craig Venter, the big commercial player in the human genome project, announced today that he has funding from the Energy Department to create a new form of life -- a single-celled, partially man-made organism. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.
November 14, 2002 NPR's Jon Hamilton reports researchers are concerned with the risks of mercury, which have been an issue for years. There have been improvements over the years that limit exposure, but researchers say there's still enough mercury in the environment to cause health problems.
November 14, 2002 On Capitol Hill today, politicians are holding yet another hearing about the risks of mercury. It's part of the latest wave of concern about mercury, which also turns up in fish, air pollution and in some vaccines. As NPR's Jon Hamilton reports, these fears have been around for hundreds of years.
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November 11, 2002 A New York Times Magazine article says a prominent vaccine researcher became concerned about the safety of some childhood inoculations. But the researcher says his views on a link with autism have been misrepresented. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.
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October 24, 2002 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report today that more people suffer from arthritis and joint pain than was previously thought. NPR's Jon Hamilton has the story.
October 23, 2002 Drug companies often hire doctors and scientists at universities to test drugs. But it can be an uneasy relationship, especially if the studies don't find what the companies hoped for. That's when trouble can start. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports on a series of papers in this week's New England Journal of Medicine that explores how these kinds of partnerships may threaten scientific freedom.
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