Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Among the many groups struggling to slow the spread of the virus are Latinos. In Los Angeles County, they make up almost half of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases. Also in this episode: part of tightening security in the U.S. has been a new requirement that Americans show a passport when crossing into Mexico. David Hernandez lives near the border. He was born in Texas, served in the military, and he's voted. But when he applied for a passport, he was denied.
David Carroll was 8 years old when his family moved from a railroad town in central Pennsylvania to rural Connecticut. It was the first time he'd ever encountered a world where beyond his street there was something other than another street. One day, he wandered into a nearby swamp and saw a turtle. That moment would transform his life.
Neurologists are getting closer to understanding the rare condition known as face-blindness, but there are still many people who don’t know they have it. For 38 years, Heather Sellers knew there was something wrong. It was only when she saw the words “face recognition” that she understood why all those dates and friendships had gone so badly. Also: Kathy Misun and coincidences related to the song Danny Boy.
Reuben Appelman was 15 and sitting in the library studying when a taller, stronger teenager he knew walked up and punched him in the face for no apparent reason. That punch changed the course of Reuben’s life, instilling a deep fury inside of him that he could not shake.
When Genae Girard was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, her doctors recommended she get tested for two genes that relate to an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer - BRCA1 and BRCA2. That's when Genae found out only one company could test for the mutation: Myriad Genetics. Myriad holds the patent on those two genes, along with the gene test. After she tested positive, Genae had to make the difficult decision about having her breasts and healthy ovaries removed, without a second opinion.
Genae and other women have now signed on to a federal lawsuit to get these patents reversed. They say no company has the right to have a patent over human genes.