Hand Transplant, DNA and a Backwards Heart - Janna Levin

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Hand Transplant, DNA and a Backwards Heart

An astrophysicist discovers wild parallels in her research and romantic life; a surgeon details his involvement in one of the world's first-ever hand transplants; and a geneticist is called to testify in a murder case and lays the groundwork for DNA fingerprinting as forensic evidence.

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Stories in this Episode

15:58
Life on a Möbius Strip

by Janna Levin

A young astrophysicist finds wild parallels in her research and personal life.

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14:05
The Perfect Human Hand

by Kodi Azari

A surgeon details his involvement in one of the world's first-ever hand transplants.

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13:29
Why I Teach

by Eric S. Lander

Two defense attorneys ask for help from an unlikely source - a scientist.

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Extras From This Episode

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Janna’s husband, Warren, with their son. Photo courtesy Janna Levin.

The music video for Warren Malone’s song “Whole Life Blues”, featuring their son.

You can listen to more of Warren’s songs on Spotify. The song that Janna references in her story, “A Thousand Tiny Pieces” by Sean Hayes is available on iTunes.

Kodi Azari

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Kodi arm-wrestles his hand transplant patient. Photo courtesy Kodi Azari.

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