May 1, 2003 University of Pennsylvania scientists report news that could revolutionize the world of cloning and stem-cell research. They say they have created eggs in a petri dish. Hear from NPR's Joe Palca, NPR's Robert Siegel and Thomas Murray, president of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research organization.
May 1, 2003 Human corpses are used in transportation safety research and medical study. They can provide organs for transplants or serve as a training ground for surgeons and morticians. Mary Roach examined all the possibilities for her book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. She talks with NPR's Robert Siegel.
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May 1, 2003 Scientists have made rapid gains in learning about the SARS virus. But some predict it could be years before there's a vaccine. The World Health Organization says 5,900 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome have now been reported and that 212 victims have died. NPR's Joanne Silberner reports.
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May 1, 2003 A congressional subcommittee discusses the future of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the wake of recent scandals at the lab, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham ordered the lab's manager -- the University of California -- to bid against other organizations for a contract to run the lab. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.
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May 1, 2003 A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says the current fiscal crises in many states is jeopardizing programs that help the poor pay for AIDS medication. Over the past year, 16 states have had to restrict access to their AIDS Drug Assistance Program, leaving thousands wondering how they will pay for treatment. Hear NPR's Brenda Wilson.
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April 30, 2003 Federal and state officials say they've filed more than 50 suits alleging fraud via the Internet. Most cases involve sellers who fail to deliver the goods, but some are more elaborate. And Virginia passes the toughest anti-spam law in the nation. Hear NPR's Jack Speer and NPR's Neda Ulaby.
April 30, 2003 The World Health Organization lifts its warning against travel to Toronto, citing improved measures to stop the spread of SARS. But travel advisories remain in effect for Hong Kong and several provinces in China, where more than 150 people have died after contracting the disease. Hear NPR's Joanne Silberner and Laurie Garrett of Newsday.
April 30, 2003 A new Congressional report proposes federal and state guidelines for regulating the growing "assisted living" industry. Assisted living facilities traditionally offer more independence than nursing homes, and aren't as regulated. But as the number of facilities grow, so do the complaints. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.
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April 29, 2003 The World Health Organization lifts an advisory against traveling to Toronto, Canada, because of SARS infections. Toronto hasn't seen a new case of the respiratory illness in 20 days, and the epidemic appears to be contained to hospital workers there. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Richard Knox.
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April 29, 2003 The SARS death toll in Toronto reaches 21, but Canadian officials say the outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease is under control. They cite a decline in the number of people in quarantine, a decrease in new cases. But hospitals fear the spread of SARS among employees. Hear NPR's Richard Knox.
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April 28, 2003 The World Health Organization announces that Vietnam is the first country to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome and says the worst of the SARS outbreak is over in Hong Kong, Canada and Singapore. But in China, officials announce several new cases. SARS has killed more than 300 worldwide. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford and Hong Kong doctor Wan Song.
April 27, 2003 As Beijing and Toronto struggle to halt the spread of SARS, health officials in the United States say they do not expect an outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease and caution the public not to overreact. And CDC Director Julie Gerberding says she believes Toronto is a safe place to visit despite a WHO travel advisory. Hear NPR's Eric Niiler and Dr. Barry Bloom, of the Harvard School of Public Health.
April 27, 2003 Officials close theaters, cafes and other entertainment venues in Beijing in an effort to fight the spread of SARS, the deadly respiratory disease that has killed more than 130 in China and 290 around the world. In Toronto, where WHO officials have warned travelers to avoid, the death toll from SARS rises to 20. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford, NPR's Richard Knox and epidemiologist Michael Osterholm.
April 26, 2003 A Russian Soyuz rocket takes off for the International Space Station carrying fresh supplies and a two-man relief crew -- a Russian and an American -- for the station's current residents. In the wake of the Columbia tragedy, Russia's space program has stepped into the gap left by grounded U.S. shuttle fleet. NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports.
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April 26, 2003 Chinese health officials report seven more deaths from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, raising China's SARS-related deaths to 122. In Beijing, a second hospital is sealed off and 4,000 residents are under quarantine. Disease experts urge people to heed travel advisories. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford and NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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