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What should you watch for at the year’s biggest cancer conference? Why are people having 23andMe-induced identity crises? And what’s it like to be at once a journalist and a cancer patient?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, CEO of the Cancer Research Institute, joins us to talk about the emerging science she’ll be monitoring at the annual gathering of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO. Next, we’ll discuss the fascinating story of a man who believed he was entirely Korean until his ancestry testing results told him that he was half Japanese — only to later say he was entirely Korean again. Then, Alexandra Glorioso, a reporter for Politico, calls in to tell us about what it’s like to cover health care while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. And finally, we’ll break down the curious case of a health-tech CEO who appears to have lied about her age to get on a few “30 under 30”-style lists.

For more on what we cover, here’s a searchable list of ASCO abstracts; here’s Damian’s story about evolving ancestry results; here’s the powerful essay Alexandra wrote last summer after her cancer diagnosis; and here’s Business Insider’s story that got us thinking about the young-founder-list industrial complex.


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