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How do pandemics end? Who gets to be a TV media expert? And where does one acquire diamond hands?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we discuss Ginkgo Bioworks, the multibillion-dollar biotech company with grand ambitions, a famous ticker symbol, and an affinity for memes. Then, STAT’s Helen Branswell joins us to discuss a topic on everyone’s mind: How will the Covid-19 pandemic end? Finally, we’ll talk about the modern phenomenon of the pandemic celebrity and the case of Ashish Jha, TV’s ever-present Covid-19 expert.

For more on what we cover, here’s more on Ginkgo; here’s the story on how pandemics end; here’s more on Jha; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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