Dr. Travis Block is senior scientist at StemBioSys, Inc., a biotech company working on stem cell biology, and also the president of San Antonio Science, an organization that promotes science awareness. Dr. Block talks about the promise of stem cell research in treating various diseases, including cancers and degenerative diseases, and the challenges of developing technologies that can be affordable and useful for everyone. Dr. Block discusses ethical issues associated with stem cell research, whether humans can live forever, and how important it is for scientists to communicate to the public. The MicroCase for listeners to solve is about Lucia Ricardo, a first grade teacher who comes down with a mysterious illness after helping clean up a coastal town wiped out by a hurricane.
Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
Travis Block, Ph.D. (StemBioSys)
Neal Guentzel, Ph.D. (UTSA)