Today on Focus, we'll look at the people and technology involved in the effort to decode human DNA. The quest became a race between a private venture and a government-sponsored team—but now the leaders have jointly announced that the code has been cracked. But many questions remain unanswered, and today's guest on Focus will try to tackle some of them. Kevin Davies is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and author of Cracking the Genome.
Today on Focus we have another program in our series on the changing role of the university in modern education. Our guest is Donald Langenberg, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland and a nationally known advocate for higher education, here to discuss research universities in the third millenium.
What causes us to bond, to feel connected, with another human? Today's guest on Focus will explain how relationships actually change brain chemistry from early childhood on, in effect establishing us as individuals. Professor of psychiatry Thomas Lewis joins the show to discuss how nurture works alongside nature.
Today on Focus we'll look at the ways in which relations between corporations and universities have affected biotechnology research. The increasing attention paid to profitability in academic work, says Michael Hanson, has driven research in directions with high expected returns—and led it away from areas that might contribute to the greater good. He joins us today to explain how biotechnology has developed an emphasis on genetic engineering—profit—over agricultural ecology.
Is laughing really contagious? Is it good for you? Today on Focus, we'll investigate the science of laughter with expert Robert Provine. He'll talk about its evolution, its neural mechanisms, its health benefits, its contagiousness, and its role in social relationships.