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Who deserves credit for a new gene therapy? How do you push stop on a startup? And what does MC Hammer have to do with Theranos?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney joins to talk about his latest work, a dissection of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes, the company’s oft-discussed founder. Then we dig into a recent “60 Minutes” segment that underlines a roiling debate in the world of science. Biotech entrepreneur Ethan Perlstein stops by to explain the lessons he learned from a startup that went south. And, finally, we discuss the man chosen to replace Scott Gottlieb at the helm of the FDA.

For more on what we cover, here’s a review of the Theranos movie; here’s the “60 Minutes” segment; here’s a transcript of the Perlstein interview; and here’s more on the incoming FDA commissioner.


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