Listen to a story by reporter Eric Niiler, followed by our interview with Stephen Palumbi.
Our guest in the Science Forum is marine biologist Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University. He uses genetics to study whale populations.
The International Whaling Commission is considering legalizing commercial whaling by some countries, but at a very limited scale. Palumbi says that the current proposal would fail to protect endangered whale species.
You can ask Palumbi your own questions. Join the conversation. It's just to the right.
* Do you think all whaling should be banned? Why?
* What role can lay citizens play in conserving whales?
* How can modern genetic techniques be used to crack down on whale smuggling?