Laura Hercher, Genetic Counselor, Sarah Lawrence College
Nathan Pearson, Genomicist
0:00 A brain drain?
9:02 Pig-human chimeras: benefits real but far off
14:43 Watch out, Illumina?
As we look back at January’s headlines with our two regular commentators, Nathan and Laura, the question becomes: How much should we ignore the fire raging across America to focus on the science?
Speaking of Trump's new immigration order and the very real threat of a "brain drain," Nathan tells of his own personal time doing research in Iran, commending scientists there and the many Iranian scientists here. But he says Iran has already announced they're going to retaliate.
“We might think more about field work scientists who will be worried about retaliation, about being a target of anti-American violence in the field,” says Nathan. "This gets real for people.”
Laura says “the United States has always been the place to come. If we don’t choose to be that place, someone else will. Someone else will be the leader of the scientific world which has been as important to the development of this nation as being leader of the free world.”
We do get to some science, the first human-pig chimera.
And to some cool new sequencing tools. Or just how cool are they? Illumina announced a new line of instruments this month, but what they didn’t say might be the loudest announcement of all. They didn’t mention anything about nanopore sequencing.