Opinionated Science
Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here’s What Happened

Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here’s What Happened

November 20, 2020

This episode is a COVID-19 podcast with a first-hand focus. Podcast host Ruairi Mackenzie discusses his experience with symptomatic COVID-19. And we also look at the data around COVID-19 risk and age and discuss the emerging problems posed by long COVID.

Read more from this podcast: 

CDC Data on COVID-19 Risk by Age

The Lasting Misery of Coronavirus Long-Haulers

Long Covid: Reviewing the Science and Assessing the Risk

Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?

Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?

November 6, 2020

In this episode, the team discuss the metabolome; the billions of tiny molecules that our cells produce every second. Scientific understanding of the metabolome has leapt forward, opening the door to a better understanding of how to treat disease, how to live a healthier lifestyle and even how trauma can be passed down via our metabolites.

Today's episode is brought to you by SCIEX. 

Read more from this podcast:

Wellness and Illness From a Precision Quantification Perspective

Disease Biomarker Discovery Infographic

What's Your (Metabo)Type? 

Trauma Impacts the Metabolism in Ways That Can Be Inherited

Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”

Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”

October 9, 2020

On this episode, the team will discuss how the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects our brain.

Over time, it‘s become clear that in addition to affecting our respiratory system, SARS-CoV-2 infection can also have implications for our brain and nerves. This podcast will untangle the disparate effects involved, covering everything from a subdued sense of smell to serious brain inflammation and damage. Finally, we’ll discuss evidence that a “third wave“ of COVID-19 could target the brain in years to come. 

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What Does COVID-19 Do to the Nervous System?

What Are the Psychiatric Side Effects of Coronavirus Infection?

Neurological Consequences of COVID-19: The “Silent Wave”

Sniffin' Sticks for Testing Loss of Smell in COVID-19

Episode 14: Cancer Immunotherapy: Vaccines, Viruses and Nobel Prizes

Episode 14: Cancer Immunotherapy: Vaccines, Viruses and Nobel Prizes

September 25, 2020

In this episode, the team explore cancer immunotherapy, a revolutionary set of treatments that has fundamentally changed cancer care. In exploring how our immune system can be turned against cancer, we follow a trail from ancient China to the cutting edge of medical research and look to a personalized future for immunotherapy. Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. 

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Treating Cancer – 5 Types of Immunotherapy

Key Developments in Cancer Immunotherapy Over the Last Decade

Future Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments Could Be Administered by a Pill

Cancer and the Immune System

New Vaccine Has the Potential To Treat Several Different Cancers

Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink

Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink

September 11, 2020

In this episode, the team discuss efforts to let your brain communicate beyond the limits of your head. Whilst much of this research is still in early stages, scientists have shown how individuals can share thoughts through brain wave-based games of Tetris, and tech entrepreneurs have looked to a future where brains can be directly joined with computers. We look into these technologies’ potential to help paralysis patients and the ethical implications of a network of interconnected brains.

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Brain-Computer Interface Lets Three People Play Video Games Using Their Minds

Neuralink Progress Update, Summer 2020

Rajesh Rao at TED: Brain Co-Processors-When AI Meets the Brain 

Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes

Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes

August 28, 2020

In this episode, the team discuss the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.

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Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Lab Infographic

Reducing Plastic in the Lab

Allison Paradise Interviewed at SfN 2018

Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be

Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19

Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19

August 14, 2020

In this episode, the team take a deep dive into the world of biohacking. Practitioners of this DIY biology have big goals: making genetic technologies available to all, bypassing government regulation of drugs and (on the fringes of the movement) achieving immortality. Are biohackers visionaries or outsider scientists lost in a fantasy? 

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Meet Josiah Zayner, the Biohacker Next Door

One Biohacker’s Improbable Bid to Make a DIY Covid-19 Vaccine

Biohack the Planet Livestream & Chat

Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine “Approved" Despite No Phase III Data

A DIY COVID-19 Vaccine? 

Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed

Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed

July 31, 2020

In this episode, the TN team discuss three promising vaccine candidates being developed for COVID-19. We take a deep dive into the data from these vaccine trials to try and work out what successes can be celebrated and what unanswered questions still remain.

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Vaccine 1: Moderna's mRNA-1273

Vaccine 2: Oxford University's ChAdOx1

Vaccine 3: CanSino Biologics' Adenovirus Type-5

Antigen vs Antibody – What Are the Differences?

A Vaccine 101

Exploring the Drug Development Process

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Interim Results in Phase I Trial

Episode 9: The Ethics of Genetics Testing: “Duty of Care”, Consent and Data Security

Episode 9: The Ethics of Genetics Testing: “Duty of Care”, Consent and Data Security

July 17, 2020

Genetic data is moving to the mainstream. Testing, both in the clinic and through direct-to-consumer delivery, is much quicker and cheaper then ever before. But these advances have come with a lot of ethical baggage. In this podcast we discuss how clinical testing can throw up surprise results for doctor and patient, the test data that is helping fight COVID-19 and how one of our own editors responded to receiving her genetic risk scores.

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Exploring the Ethics of Genetic Testing

Exploring the Ethics of Genetic Testing: What Does Consent Mean?

Exploring the Ethics of Genetic Testing: Where Does Duty Begin and End?

Data from Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Used To Create a Drug for Inflammatory Diseases

Chronologically, I'm 23, but Biologically – I'm 26

Large Study Suggests Blood Type O May Be a Protective Factor Against COVID-19

One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law

Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data

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