Lewis Wolpert
Interview: Lewis Wolpert
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How we live, how we function, how we reproduce and how we age are all explained by the smallest and yet most complex of living structures — the cell.This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Lewis Wolpert, Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College London and author of The Unnatural Nature of Science and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief about his newest US release, How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells. This basic primer on cellular biology deftly examines the invisible world of all living things, from our evolutionary past, to stem cells, cloning and the future of regenerative medicine.
Show Notes
 

Date – February 8th, 2011 read by Derek
Today's guest is Professor Lewis Wolpert.
This past weekend people around the world participated in 10:23 events.
10:23 was started by the Mercyside Skeptics Society in the UK.
10:23 originated as a protest the sale of homeopathic remedies in a local pharmacy chain.
The Amazing James Randi has initiated a million dollar challenge for proof of efficacy in Homeopathy.
You can also sign a petition aimed at US Pharmacy chains asking they stop selling homeopathy.
Television doctor (and quack) Dr. Oz often touts homeopathic treatments on his show.

Skeptic History Notes-
The Kansas Chiropractic Association was founded one hundred years ago on January 28, 1911.
Kansas became the first state to license Chiropractors two years later.
The Wilk v. AMA antitrust lawsuit began in 1976 but ended on February 7, 1990 in an appeals court.
Galileo Galilei was born February 15, 1564.
Fox TV’s awful program Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? first aired February 15, 2001.
Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809.
The International Darwin Day Foundation has a list of events around the world to celebrate his birth.
Skeptics in the Pub was first held in London on February 6, 1999.
The first Amazing Meeting began January 31, 2003. TAM 9 is coming up July 14 – 17, 2011.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed.

Lewis Wolpert is the Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College London.
Professor Wolpert is the author of many books including:
The Unnatural Nature of Science: Why Science Does Not Make Common Sense
The Triumph of the Embryo
and
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

His newest US release is How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells.
There are no ethical issues in science – where they occur is in the application of science.
Reporting in the journal Nature Cell Biology, researchers have turned skin cells into cardiac cells.
Further research is needed to see if these cells will actually function as cardiac cells.
Adult stem cells are multipotent. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent.
The first genetically engineered baby was just born in France.
The baby's cells will be used to treat a blood disease in a member of her family.
Stem cells are showing promise in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
There is a podcast dedicated to cell biology. You can find it here.
Professor Wolpert's newest book is You're Looking Very Well: The Surprising Nature of Getting Old
How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells
is available at booksellers. 



 
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