17 October 2019: Mapping childhood mortality, and evolving ‘de novo’ genes

This week, investigating child mortality rates at a local level, and building genes from non-coding DNA.


In this episode:


00:43 A regional view of childhood mortality

Researchers map countries' progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Developmental Goals. 

Research Article: Burstein et al.World View: Data on child deaths are a call for justiceEditorial: Protect the census


07:22 Research Highlights

Astronomers identify a second visitor from beyond the solar system, and extreme snowfall stifles animal breeding in Greenland. 

Research Highlight: The comet that came in from interstellar spaceResearch Highlight: Extreme winter leads to an Arctic reproductive collapse


09:22 Evolving genes from the ground up

Natural selection's creative way to evolve new genes. 

News Feature: How evolution builds genes from scratch


15:43 News Chat

A spate of vaping-related deaths in the US, and Japan’s import of the Ebola virus. 

News: Scientists chase cause of mysterious vaping illness as death toll risesNews: Why Japan imported Ebola ahead of the 2020 Olympics

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