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Mendelspod was founded in 2011 by Theral Timpson and Ayanna Monteverdi to advance life science research, connecting people and ideas. Influenced by the thinking tools developed by Eli Goldgratt, the founders bring a unique approach to media in the life sciences. With help from our advisors around the industry, Mendelspod goes beyond quick sound bites to create a space for probing conversations and deep insight into the topics and trends which shape the industry's future and therefore our future as a species.

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Mendelspod was founded in 2011 by Theral Timpson and Ayanna Monteverdi to advance life science research, connecting people and ideas. Influenced by the thinking tools developed by Eli Goldgratt, the founders bring a unique approach to media in the life sciences. With help from our advisors around the industry, Mendelspod goes beyond quick sound bites to create a space for probing conversations and deep insight into the topics and trends which shape the industry's future and therefore our future as a species.

    End-of-Decade Review, What's Next? with Nathan and Laura

    End-of-Decade Review, What's Next? with Nathan and Laura

    It's our special look back over the entire decade which has Nathan and Laura firing on all fours. Not only do we discover their genomic highlights of the last ten years--ups and downs-- they also pull out their special "future glasses" and come up with a provocative list for the next ten. You don't want to miss this.

    But first, we do cover December and that kerfuffle over the George Church dating app. And the genomics of income--really? Did you go for that?

    Theral, Nathan, and Laura for an extended broadcast. Happy 2020!

    Ewan Birney on Race, UK Genomics

    Ewan Birney on Race, UK Genomics

    Our end-of-year special guest is one of the U.K.’s top genomicists, Ewan Birney, Co-Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute at EMBL. He is also the non-Executive Director for Genomics England.  Ewan's perhaps best known for his work with the ENCODE consortium.

    November 2019 with Nathan and Laura: Happy Birthday CRISPR Babies, 23andMe for Embryo Selection, and Golden Rice, Almost

    November 2019 with Nathan and Laura: Happy Birthday CRISPR Babies, 23andMe for Embryo Selection, and Golden Rice, Almost

    The gene edited babies, Lulu and Nana, turn one. Laura Hercher says it feels like it’s been five years. Nathan says, “Happy Birthday.”

    Along with our genomics headline party this month, we also discuss a comment that came in from our last show which leads us to the question, can we discuss science without discussing politics?

    It’s Nathan, Laura and Theral for almost a full hour sifting through November’s news.

    Learning from the Field's Mistakes, Ancestry.com Rolls out Physician Ordered Health Testing

    Learning from the Field's Mistakes, Ancestry.com Rolls out Physician Ordered Health Testing

    Just in time for Black Friday, Ancestry.com has launched new health testing. Thanksgiving week (the company calls the shopping holidays the “Turkey Five”) has been kind to what is the largest DNA testing company in the world. Back in 2017, their ancestry test competed with the Instapot for Amazon’s top sellers on the biggest shopping day of the year. To date Ancestry has sold over 15 million DNA tests.

    The Gene Edited Babies Saga - A Year Later with Hank Greely

    The Gene Edited Babies Saga - A Year Later with Hank Greely

    On November 25th, 2018, the world was shocked to find out a Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, had edited the germline of twin girls-and the twins had been born. Many in the scientific community remember that Sunday afternoon well as the story broke on MIT's Tech Review, "EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies."

    Today’s guest can even tell you what he had for dinner that Sunday and just what was his reaction. "Holy S**t!"

    Improving Quantitative Evidence for Genetic Tests: Carlos Araya, Invitae

    Improving Quantitative Evidence for Genetic Tests: Carlos Araya, Invitae

    Warning: the first part of this story can sound quite typical. Three co-founders with backgrounds in genomics and AI found a Stanford spinout. Their goal: to bring the tools of AI and computational modeling to unlock the medical secrets of the genome and deliver those to patients. They call this company, Jungla—Spanish for “jungle”—naming not only their adventure, but the whole problem. Then things get interesting.

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