10/02/2015

Paxil Reanalysis, Mouse Drug Avatars, and Pricey Patties

12:01 minutes

In this week’s news roundup, Amy Nordrum, a science writer for the International Business Times, talks about a British Medical Journal study that reanalyzed the results of a 14-year-old study on the drug Paxil. The new BMJ study found that the original researchers underreported certain side effects in young patients taking the drug.

Plus, in 2013 Mark Post, based in the Netherlands, made headlines for developing an “in vitro” hamburger that cost a whopping $325,000. But the future of factory-made meat that uses animal stem cells to produce beef, chicken, and maybe even woolly mammoth sausage could be much cheaper and commonplace in the future. Carolyn Mattick, who recently explored this topic in Slate, joins Science Friday to talk about the good and bad of producing cultured meat.

Segment Guests

Amy Nordrum

Amy Nordrum is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum in New York City.

Carolyn Mattick

Carolyn Mattick is a 2015-2016 AAAS science and technology policy fellow based in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.