June 05, 2001

The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Environmental Change

Guest: Stephen Palumbi.

Evolution is generally thought of as a slow process, one that takes millions of years. In fact, evolution can occur very quickly, and our own has been dramatically influenced by our efforts to improve our quality of life. Today on Focus we'll talk with biologist Stephen Palumbi about his book The Evolution Explosion. He says that humans have accelerated the evolutionary game, especially with the species closest to us: the food we eat, the pests that share the food, and the diseases that plague us. All of this raising the question: can we survive our own power to reshape the Earth?

May 31, 2001

Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions about Genetics

Guest: Lori B. Andrews.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of genetic testing? Who should have access to your personal genetic information? How do we decide which genetic therapies should be made available? Today on Focus, we're joined by top genetics lawyer Lori Andrews to tackle these questions and talk about her new book, Future Perfect.

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