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Toward a Cure for AIDS

Current therapies are very good at keeping HIV under control, but they never completely cure it. David Margolis, a physician and researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,  studies the molecular biology of HIV infections.

In this podcast, Margolis speaks with associate editor Elsa Youngsteadt about what it will take to cure a person (or a mouse) of HIV.

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Appalachian Coal Mining

Southern Appalachian forests are a global biodiversity hotspot. But they’re also rich with coal. Duke University ecologist Emily Bernhardt led a recent study that documents the long-term, widespread effects of surface coal mining on the region’s waterways.

In this podcast, Bernhardt speaks with associate editor Cathy Clabby about Appalachian ecosystems, and how they’re changing.

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Reflections on a Public Genome

Duke University geneticist Misha Angrist’s genome is a public document, thanks to his participation in Harvard’s Personal Genome Project. Angrist reflects on the medical and ethical implications of the project in his 2010 book, Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics.

In this podcast, he speaks with associate editor Cathy Clabby about his experience.

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Friends or Foes: Female Relationships Among the Gombe Chimpanzees

Rivalries and alliances among female chimpanzees can be intense and sometimes shocking. Duke University evolutionary anthropologist Anne Pusey shares insights from long-term studies of chimpanzee behavior at Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall began observing chimpanzees more than 50 years ago. (Feb. 23, 2011)

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The Puzzle of the Bed-bug Resurgence

North Carolina State University entomologist Coby Schal discusses the return of bed bugs, why pesticides won’t stop them and the best theories for why the tiny pests are spreading around the world. (Jan. 25, 2011)

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Images of Darwin and the Nature of Science

North Carolina State University historian William Kimler charts the changing image of Charles Darwin through time—from dim but perseverant naturalist to revered founder of evolutionary theory. (October 19, 2010)

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Smart Play: Phaedra Boinodiris on Serious Games

Phaedra Boinodiris, Serious Games program manager at IBM, explains how she designs computer games that teach students and trainees to solve complex problems in business management and city planning. (May 25, 2010)

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Whole Genome Analysis in the Clinic

James Evans, a clinical researcher in genetics at the University of North Carolina and a member of the U.S. Secretary of Health's advisory committee on Genetics, Health and Society, urges us to support genomics medicine research, but asks us to temper our enthusiasm until it becomes a proven tool. (April 20, 2010)

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Genomic and Personalized Medicine

Geoffrey Ginsburg, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at Duke University, presents advances and ongoing research in personalized medicine, from prescribing cancer drugs to predicting flu symptoms. (March 30, 2010)

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Mental Health Implications of the Khmer Rouge Genocide Trials

Jeffrey Sonis, physician and public health research scientist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is developing ways to gauge how groups of people scarred by mass murder respond to revisiting a traumatic history. (February 18, 2010)

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