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Who gets to be “influential”? Should you be skeptical of for-profit hospitals? And should George Lucas fire his attorneys?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT’s Matthew Herper joins us to discuss the online hand-wringing around Time’s decision to include disgraced scientist He Jiankui among it’s 100 most influential people. Then, we dig into the for-profit hospital chain Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a little-discussed organization with a big influence on how thousands of cancer patients get their care. And, finally, we take stock of the increasingly baffling names being given to biotech startups these days.

For more on what we cover, here’s the Time 100, and here’s a story about naming biotech companies.


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