Curious Coincidence

Curious Coincidence

This is a detective story that’s unsolved. Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining the genome of the virus, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic.

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February 10, 2022 3 mins
This is a detective story that’s unsolved. Hosted by investigative reporter Antonio Regalado, Curious Coincidence dives into the mysterious origins of Covid-19 by examining the genome of the virus, the labs doing sensitive research on dangerous pathogens, and questions of whether a lab accident may have touched off a global pandemic. A five part investigation from MIT Technology Review.
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Why we need to find the truth, and the “curious coincidence” that set off a battle over covid-19’s origin. We Meet: Peter Ben Embarek, WHO program manager and covid-19 origins mission leader Jesse Bloom, virologist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Alina Chan, postdoc, Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard Natasha Loder, health policy editor with The Economist   Links: On Finding Answers, by Natasha Loder on Substack They called i...
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March 9, 2022 23 mins
A group of self-appointed online investigators decide to investigate a Chinese lab. Their findings only deepen doubts. We meet: The Seeker, internet sleuth Rowan Jacobsen, journalist   Links: Meet the scientist at the center of the covid lab leak controversy, MIT Technology Review Credits: Curious Coincidence was produced as part of MIT Technology Review's Pandemic Technology Project, which is supported in part by a grant from Th...
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March 9, 2022 26 mins
Lab accidents have caused disease outbreaks before, and accidents are more common - and kept more secret - than you think. We Meet: Alison Young, journalism professor, Missouri School of Journalism Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and associate professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Links: Biolabs in your backyard, USA Today The Reemergent 1977 H1N1 Strain and the ...
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March 23, 2022 34 mins
Scientists zero in on a market in the city of Wuhan as the place the pandemic started. But information on China’s wild-animal trade is hard to uncover. We Meet: Michael Standaert, freelance journalist based in China Alex Crits-Christoph, bioinformatician, Johns Hopkins University Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser Ho-fung Hung, political economist, Johns Hopkins University   Links: No one can find the ani...
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April 6, 2022 35 mins
Is some knowledge too dangerous to possess? Covid-19 has put cutting-edge research on pandemic germs under the spotlight.  We Meet: Rowan Jacobsen, journalist Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and associate professor Kevin Esvelt, professor and head of Sculpting Evolution Group, MIT Media Lab   Links: Senator Paul and Dr. Fauci Clash Over Research Funding of Wuhan Lab, C-SPAN Inside the ...
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