April 2020 Review with Nathan and Laura: Ioannidis Scandal, Antibody Testing, Ethics Questions


Laura Hercher, Host, The Beagle Has Landed

Nathan Pearson, Genomicist; Founder, Root Deep Insight


00:00 Lessons from Ioannidis scandal

11:50 Looking to the future

19:56 Antibody testing - how important will it be? What measures will indicate immunity?

25:24 Ethical questions

37:10 Catching up on genomics

Our commentators, Nathan Pearson of Root and Laura Hercher of Sarah Laurence College, join us to look back on month two of the first modern pandemic.

We begin with a scandal that rocked the Twitter science community and talk about how science itself may be having a big moment. Will this be a silver lining for this strange year?

Then it’s on to antibody testing. What would a good antibody test need to do? And will there be tough ethical questions when some “have their immunity papers” and go back to work while others do not?

The question of healthcare rationing gets very personal for Laura. And we reserve some time at the end to catch up on the trickle of genomics stories.