Opinionated Science
Episode 43: Genomics Power Hour: Decoding Morning Sickness and Dog Behavior

Episode 43: Genomics Power Hour: Decoding Morning Sickness and Dog Behavior

May 13, 2022

On this episode of Opinionated Science, the team reviews two studies that show off the power of genomic technologies, from very different angles. One answers key questions about why some women experience extreme vomiting and sickness in their first trimester of pregnancy, and the other reveals why dog breeds aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

 

Read more from this podcast: 

Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy Might Not Just Be Morning Sickness

Dog Breed Is Not an Accurate Way To Predict Behavior

Next-Generation Sequencing

Whole-Exome Sequencing

Episode 42: Caffeine for ADHD and Cancer-Sniffing Worms

Episode 42: Caffeine for ADHD and Cancer-Sniffing Worms

April 15, 2022

In this episode of Opinionated Science, the team discuss a new advance that uses a microscopic worm to sniff out lung cancer, why caffeine is being investigated to treat ADHD and a stats study that may undermine an important area of neuroscience.

 

Read more from this podcast: 

"Worm-on-a-Chip" Device Could Help Diagnose Lung Cancer

Could Caffeine Help To Alleviate Some Symptoms of ADHD?

Stats Study Reveals Reason for Replication Crisis in Neuroscience

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: Predicting the Next Pandemic

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: Predicting the Next Pandemic

April 1, 2022

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. 

In this sneak peek episode, Lucy Lawrence will be discussing the world of infectious diseases with Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Freya Jephcott.

Freya’s work is primarily concerned with the effectiveness of outbreak response systems in resource-limited settings, and their management in outbreaks of uncertain etiology. In addition to this, Freya also participates in applied and policy work on complex health emergencies with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

They will be speaking with Freya to explore how scientists can predict an outbreak of an emerging disease, what happens when things go wrong as well as looking to the future to see where the future of the space is heading.

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Episode 41: Decoding Pig Grunts, Reviving the Christmas Rat and Your Gut vs. Sushi

Episode 41: Decoding Pig Grunts, Reviving the Christmas Rat and Your Gut vs. Sushi

March 18, 2022

In the latest Opinionated Science, the TN team look at a study of pigs’ emotions that may put you off your bacon, discover why an extinct rat shows the challenges of bringing species back from the dead and explore why bacteria of oceanic origin are key to your gut’s ability to digest a humble maki roll.

 

Read more from this podcast: 

How Does Your Gut Deal With Sushi?

Pigs' Emotions Revealed by Decoding Grunts

Exploring the Limitations of “Resurrecting” Extinct Animals

Return From Extinction

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: Conquering Cancer From Within

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: Conquering Cancer From Within

March 4, 2022

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. 

In this sneak peek episode, Lucy Lawrence will discuss the world of cancer immunology with Professor of Cell and Tissue Therapy at UCL, the Director of Cellular Therapy at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and also Pioneer in the manufacturing of cell and gene therapies – Dr. Mark Lowdell.

Lucy will be speaking with Mark and hearing fascinating stories from throughout his career within the cancer immunology space, as well as asking more about targets that show particular promise and the greatest challenges in making them available.

To listen to the full episode, click here. 

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: What is Body-on-a-Chip Technology?

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: What is Body-on-a-Chip Technology?

February 25, 2022

 

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. 

In this sneak peek episode, the team is joined by Dr David Hughes, the Chief Executive Officer at CN Bio and Assistant Professor Martin Trapecar at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

We hear their expert insights into the world of body-on-a-chip technology as well as how CN Bio’s range of PhysioMimix™ microphysiological systems work.

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Episode 40: A Herpes-MS Link, mRNA Pills and Regenerating Frog Limbs

Episode 40: A Herpes-MS Link, mRNA Pills and Regenerating Frog Limbs

February 18, 2022

In the latest Opinionated Science, the first of 2022, the TN team discuss why multiple sclerosis links to a herpesvirus, a limb regenerating Fitbit that has amputee frogs hopping again and the next era of pill-based mRNA technology.

 

It’s also the debut of a new segment for Opinionated Science, Lab Confidential, where we reveal the chaos in our listeners’ labs that doesn’t make it into publication.

 

Read more from this podcast: 

Drug Cocktail Enables Frogs To Regenerate Amputated Limbs

Capsule for Oral mRNA Delivery Developed and Tested

Multiple Sclerosis Is Likely Caused by a Virus, Finds Study of 10 Million Military Personnel

 

Episode 39: The Science of Christmas Dinner

Episode 39: The Science of Christmas Dinner

December 3, 2021

In this bumper episode, the team review a series of studies from the last year that investigate Christmassy food. Could the future of Christmas dinner involve a cell culture roast, unnaturally smooth chocolate and fractal cauliflower? 

Read more from this podcast: 

Unraveling the Romanesco Cauliflower’s Spiraling Structure

Hate Broccoli? Your Oral Microbiome Might Be the Reason

3D-Bioprinting Raises the Steaks on Waygu

Hardened Wood Knife Can Slice a Steak More Easily Than Steel

Scientists Find Key to Perfectly Smooth Chocolate

Episode 38: Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Autism?

Episode 38: Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Autism?

November 19, 2021

In this episode, the team examines a new study that challenges the notion that gut microbes may play a causal role in autism spectrum disorder. Might a link once ascribed to signaling from the gut’s nervous system actually just be a consequence of restricted diet?

Read more from this podcast:

Small study suggesting alteration of ASD traits after microbiome transfer

Our immersive article on the microbiome – Inside the Microbiome

A “For the Record” from Autism Speaks on their change in direction

Jake Gratten and colleagues write on their study for The Conversation

Episode 37: Finding Answers for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Mesothelioma

Episode 37: Finding Answers for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Mesothelioma

November 5, 2021

In this podcast, the team look at two overlooked diseases. Malignant mesothelioma was known to be caused by the construction material asbestos decades before it was banned, while ME/CFS remains poorly understood by science. Two new developments could bring and clarity and a route to better treatment for these conditions. 

 

Read more from this podcast: 

Health Body Scraps Graded Exercise Therapy Recommendation for ME/CFS
What Is ME/CFS?
How the Pace Trial Misled ME/CFS Patients - via STAT
Medical Leaders Sign Joint Statement in Response to NICE Guidelines on ME/CFS

Therapy for Mesothelioma and Metastatic Cancer Enters Phase 1 Trial
What Is Mesothelioma?

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