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For the past three decades the largest family in the world with a genetic form of Alzheimer's disease has been tracked. This extended family of some 5,000 individuals live in Antioquia, Colombia among a people who call themselves Paisa. Passing relentlessly through the generations with 100% penetrance is a mutation that causes early onset Alzheimer's disease in its carriers. Dr. Kenneth Kosik explains that the mutation in the Americas likely originated from a Spanish conquistador whose progeny are the members of the family we see today. Recently, interest in the family has grown because they are now participating in a clinical trial intended to delay the onset of the disease. Recorded on 06/30/2016.

Everything we can see and touch is made up of chemical elements as illustrated on the Periodic Table of Elements. The heaviest, naturally occurring element is uranium. Using high-energy particle accelerators, scientists have created even heavier elements extending the Periodic Table of Elements up to element 118. Also find out more about element 116, Livermorium, named in in honor of the scientists and research that has been done at LLNL since its discovery. Recorded on 02/06/2016.

Anna Lappé looks at the hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis. Our web of global food production and distribution is connected to as much as one third of total greenhouse-gas emissions. She offers a vision of a food system that can be part of healing the planet. Recorded on 11/10/2016.

J. Craig Venter, founder, chair and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute and co-founder of two private genomics companies, recounts his breakthroughs in genome sequencing and shares new research on fighting cancer tumors with personalized vaccines. Venter is presented by the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UC San Diego.

Three fascinating presentations show how explorations into synaptic development and genetic mutation are revealing pathways to better interventions for neurological impairment, from Schizophrenia and Amblyopia to Autism. Recorded on 12/02/2016.
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