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Health

Just a Spoonful of Soybeans

A biotech start-up at UNC Charlotte could revolutionize how we take medicines by using soybean seeds. Scientists are inserting the DNA from viruses in the protein-rich seeds of soybeans, and believe eating the modified soybeans can turn the human immune system in the gut on or off against various diseases.

New Fields For Food

Mary-Dell Chilton's DNA discoveries launched the field of genetically modifying plants to ward off pests, use less water, and improve yields. Supporters say it could help feed the world. Opponents say it's not safe, threatening the environment and people in ways that may not be known yet. By discovering the mechanism of DNA transfer, Chilton bestowed that power to humans.

Rapid Water Test

The greatest danger for beachgoers may be millions of microbes also swimming in the water. While many are there naturally, stormwater runoff and sewage system failures can overwhelm coastal waters. One percent of NC's beaches were closed for short times in 2012 because of microbial contaminants. A marine biologist has now developed a rapid water test to keep the public safe.

What's My Story: Food Scientist

Mary Ann Lila knew she loved plants when she worked in a greenhouse in her home state of Illinois. Starting at the University of Illinois with this passion, she took every plant science class she could find. When she found out that plants make chemicals that improve the health of plants and animals alike, she found her career path. She is now the director of an institute focused on the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health.

The Citizen Patient

D.G. Martin has a conversation with UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology Nortin Hadler M.D. about his new book, "The Citizen Patient," on NC Bookwatch. In this book, Dr. Hadler shares his insights on how current issues within the U.S. healthcare system such as medical treatment, healthcare finance, and attitudes about health and medicine can be addressed. Original Broadcast Date: 05/02/2013.

Exploration Station

Maria Lundberg takes us to downtown Lumberton to visit Exploration Station, a regional children's museum designed to help youngsters open their minds to creativity through 12 interactive exhibits that focus on literacy, science, math, arts, health and safety. Exploration Station is the only museum of its kind in Robeson County and receives visitors from North and South Carolina. Original Broadcast Date: 05/17/2013

Dr. Samuel Sears

Erica Starke-Knight introduces us to the 2013 O. Max Gardner Award recipient, Dr. Samuel Sears. The East Carolina University professor is a nationally-recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. Original Broadcast Date: 04/15/2013.

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