Radiolab

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised.

Fetal Attraction

May 2, 2012

There you are, inside the placenta, all cozy and wrapped; mommy all around you — this is nice.

Except for the occasional leak.

Six years ago I reported on Morning Edition that whenever a woman gets pregnant, some of the baby's cells slip through the placental wall into the mother's blood and settle down for a while — outside the placenta.

You wouldn't know it, not right away, but there is something strange about this picture. It's a sunset, yes, but notice the blush of color right above the sun. It's blue. And as you look up, the blue fades into a faint rose or pink.

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For years evidence has been mounting that intestinal parasites can actually be a good thing for people with inflammatory bowel disease because certain parasitic worms seem to help the intestine heal.

Now scientists think they've found at least one reason why this is so, thanks to a man who has spent years treating his own bowel disease with worms. Years ago, that man placed a call to P'ng Loke, a parasitologist who was then working at the University of California, San Francisco.

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