Does pharma deserve more credit? Will history forgive He Jiankui? And how does a laboratory eureka become a lifesaving vaccine?
We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we delve into a record-setting decline in the rate at which Americans are dying of cancer and discuss what might be behind it. Then, famed biohacker Josiah Zayner dials in to defend his controversial opinion on the scientist behind 2018’s CRISPR babies scandal. Later, STAT’s Helen Branswell joins us to discuss the long and fascinating history of the recently approved vaccine for Ebola virus. Finally, we briefly preview next week’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, the biggest annual meeting in biotech.
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