AIRED: October 1, 2012– 11 am PST
TITLE: “THE FOREVER FIX: Gene Therapy to Stop Disease Before It Starts”
SPECIAL GUEST: Ricki Lewis, Ph.D.
Important websites mentioned in the Interview:
Gene Testing for Health – 123andme.com
Allen, Dr. Melody are joined by Dr. Ricki Lewis to explore the exciting new world of Gene Therapy. THE FOREVER FIX is the first book to tell the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed, and how scientists learned from each trial to get one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a “forever fix,” – a cure that, by fixing problems at their genetic root, does not need further surgery or medication.
Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science, THE FOREVER FIX is compelling and engaging narrative science that tells explores the future of medicine as well as the families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.
ABOUT DR. RICKI LEWIS
Ricki Lewis grew up in New York City. She earned her PhD in genetics from Indiana University in 1980, working with mutant flies that had legs growing out of their heads. She has built an eclectic career in communicating science, through magazine articles, public lectures, and a string of popular college textbooks.
Dr. Lewis is the author of Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, currently in its 10th edition and used worldwide, from McGraw-Hill Higher Education; co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks; and founding author of the introductory textbook Life. She is author of Discovery: Windows on the Life Sciences (Blackwell Science), and the novel Stem Cell Symphony, about using rock music to activate stem cells in the brain to cure disease.
She is a genetic counselor at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, NY and teaches Genethics online for the master’s program at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. Dr. Lewis is a volunteer for Community Hospice in Schenectady and a frequent public speaker. Her husband Larry is a research chemist, and they have three grown daughters, five aging felines, and a tortoise