Back when Robert was kid, he had a chance encounter with then President John F. Kennedy. The interaction began with a hello and ended with a handshake. And like many of us who have touched greatness, 14 year old Robert was left wondering if maybe some of Kennedy would stay with him. Now, 50 years later, Robert still finds himself pondering that encounter and question. And so with the help of brand new science and Neil Degrasse Tyson, he sets out to satisfy this curiosity once and for all.
Produced by Simon Adler with help from Only Human: Amanda Aronczyk, Kenny Malone, Jillian Weinberger and Elaine Chen.
Neil deGrasse Tyson's newest book is called "Astrophysics for People in A Hurry."
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*** As of Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 we've run out of kits. Thanks so much to uBiome for generously donating over 12,000 free kits, and thanks to everyone for participation. We should have some more details on the results in a few weeks. ***
uBiome is a California-based biotech company started in 2012 that sequences the DNA of the microbes that live on and in you.
No, as long as you are one of the 3,000 people to request a sampling kit with the code for Radiolab/Only Human listeners, the sequencing results are free! uBiome otherwise charges $89 to have a skin sample analyzed.
This uBiome information isn’t for diagnosing any health condition.
It can take from 3-6 weeks from when uBiome receives your sample to sequence, process and compile the material. So please send those samples back to the uBiome labs soon, so we can report back to you about the Radiolab/Only Human group.
uBiome scientists are going to share aggregate level analysis with Radiolab and Only Human so we can give general results about our group’s skin microbiome. Aside from that, what uBiome does with your results generally depends on whether you choose to be included in research or share your information. uBiome is HIPAA-compliant, and their practices are reviewed by an independent committee for ethical research (an IRB). For more information, see uBiome’s summary of its privacy practices (just 6 pages in regular-sized font).
Yes! Once your results are in, you’ll be able to download it as a CSV, JSON or FASTQ file.
If by “me”, you mean the human you, then no, uBiome isn’t going to clone, let alone even sequence human DNA.
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