Problems with personalized medicine, Documenting rural Wisconsin

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Human genome project, genes, DNA
Pictured is one page in a volume of about 1,000 pages, of which more than 100 volumes exist, that reveal the 3.4 billion bases of DNA that comprise the human genome. Richard Spalding (CC BY-NC-ND)

A health ethics professor makes the case against personalized medicine based on a patient’s genes. Then, a photographer shares her book capturing life in rural Wisconsin.

Featured in this Show

  • The public health drawbacks of a medical community focus on genetics

    Our guest argues that a push for more personalized medicine, based on a person’s genes, is leaving promises of curing people unfulfilled, and resulting in treatments that don’t benefit most patients.

  • A photographer's portrait of rural Wisconsin

    Photographer Erinn’s Springer’s family has lived in rural Wisconsin for more than seven generations. It makes her the perfect person the capture images of that place—in her words, “a mental space and physical place at the heart of an old dream and at the edge of a transformation.” We talk to her about her new book of photos, “Dormant Season,” and her process of documenting the heart of rural America.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • James Tabery Guest
  • Erinn Springer Guest

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