Arwen Curry is Associate Producer of TV at KQED Science. She comes to KQED from documentary film, and is director of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary about the influential science fiction writer. She was Associate Producer of the films Regarding Susan Sontag, American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco, EAMES: The Architect & The Painter, Utopia in Four Movements, and co-produced and directed Stuffed, a short film about compulsive hoarding. Arwen was editor of the punk magazine Maximum Rock 'n' Roll, and has been a contributor to Radio Lab and McSweeney’s. She is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
The FDA challenge may hurt the personal genetics industry in the short run. No traits, no health risks -- no fun. But the company is still allowed to show ancestry results. 23andMe's map of my distant relations offered a glimpse of the movement of people across the world. The more people who joined and shared their genomes, the more comprehensive a picture we could form of a global family tree. A day might come when I would know precisely how related I was to, for example -- you.
Before gene sequencing, life was a like a video game: you’d run along, dealing with obstacles as they came up. Now we can learn more about what genetic dangers may lay ahead. KQED Science producer Arwen Curry decided to get in the game.
Tejal Desai is a bioengineering professor at UC San Francisco who is investigating new treatments for diabetes. Using nanotechnology, she is developing a tiny capsule that contains pancreatic cells that produce insulin.