Opinionated Science
Episode 32: Debunking the “Hygiene Hypothesis” and Psychedelic Brain Changes

Episode 32: Debunking the “Hygiene Hypothesis” and Psychedelic Brain Changes

July 16, 2021

In this episode, the team take a look at a new study that suggests the "Hygiene Hypothesis" - that early exposure to some microorganisms protects against allergic disease - might be in need of a cleanup. They also detail some findings on the psychedelic drug psilocybin and its effects on the connections of the mammalian brain. Not to be missed! 

Read more from this podcast: 

We May Not Be "Too Clean for Our Own Good" After All

Single Dose of Psychedelic Compound Psilocybin Can Remodel Connections in the Brain

Psychedelic Healing: Adjunct Therapy Harnessing Opened Malleability (PHATHOM)

Opinionated Science : When Cannabis Meets Robotics

Opinionated Science : When Cannabis Meets Robotics

July 12, 2021

 

In this episode, the team is joined by Dr Toby Astill who is PerkinElmer's global Market Manager Leader.

 

We explore what happens when you cross cannabis with robotics, and Toby provides an overview of the benefits of automating laboratory testing and PerkinElmer’s new QS Works 420 workflow.

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. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

Episode 31: Night Owls, Inflatable Implants and Twins’ Trauma

Episode 31: Night Owls, Inflatable Implants and Twins’ Trauma

July 2, 2021

In this episode, the TN team looks in depth at three new studies: 

- An investigation of how personality traits may influence whether you are are morning person or night owl

- An inflatable innovation that could lead to pain-relieving spinal implants becoming commonplace 

- A study of migraine and PTSD in identical twins that reveals the shared genetic roots of these conditions 

Read more from this podcast: 

Early Risers and Night Owls May Have Different Personality Types

Inflatable Spinal Implant Could Help Relieve Chronic Back Pain

Twin Study Reveals Common Genetic Risk Factors for PTSD and Migraine

 

Episode 30: Psychedelics: A Trip Through Psilocybin and MDMA Research

Episode 30: Psychedelics: A Trip Through Psilocybin and MDMA Research

June 21, 2021

On this week’s Opinionated Science, the team take a look at the growing potential of psychedelic medicine.

Hundreds of new clinical trials, exciting new synthetic psychedelics and a universal acceptance that current mental health treatments are not meeting patients’ needs have pushed the mind-altering potential of psychedelics into the medical mainstream.

In this episode, Technology Networks Senior Science Writer Ruairi J Mackenzie takes a deep dive into four leading psychedelic compounds: psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and DMT.

Read more from this podcast:

Why Does Ketamine Fight Depression? Finding Answers at BNA 2019

Mirror’s Image: Could a Simple Flip Produce a More Effective Ketamine-Based Antidepressant?

The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Your Brain on Psilocybin With Frederick Streeter Barrett

Opinionated Science: The Future of Spatial Transcriptomics

Opinionated Science: The Future of Spatial Transcriptomics

June 21, 2021

In this episode of Opinionated Science, we hear from Annika Branting, the Product Manager for Visium spatial solutions EMEA for 10x Genomics, and Peetra Magnusson from Uppsala University. 

Together we explore the world of spatial transcriptomics and get a sneak peek into Peetra’s work where she investigates the rare neurovascular disease Cerebral cavernous malformations and the benefits she has found when using spatial transcriptomics in her work. 

 

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https://www.10xgenomics.com/resources/publications?sortBy=publications-relevance&refinementList%5BproductGroups%5D%5B0%5D=Spatial%20Gene%20Expression&page=1

https://elifesciences.org/articles/61413

Episode 29: Puppies! And Optogenetic Sight Restoration

Episode 29: Puppies! And Optogenetic Sight Restoration

June 4, 2021

In this episode of Opinionated Science, we hear about some revolutionary research that has deployed a cutting-edge genetic technique to restore partial sight to a man who lost his vision to retinitis pigmentosa 40 years previously. And also about a behavioral experiment involving over 300 cute puppies - this podcast has it all! 

Read more from this podcast:

Optogenetic Therapy Partially Restores Vision in a Blind Patient

Puppies Are Born Ready To Socialize With Humans

Episode 28: The Futuristic Lab

Episode 28: The Futuristic Lab

May 21, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by Claudia Consoli, the Facility Lead for qPCR at Central Biotechnology Services in Cardiff, Jon Baize, the Senior Product Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific Connect Platform™ and David Joyce, the director of Product Management at Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

They explore the fundamental requirements of the laboratory of the future and discuss how innovative technologies are advancing and their wishes for the future of the laboratory.

Episode 27:Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science

Episode 27:Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science

May 7, 2021

In this special crossover episode, the TN team are joined by Leo Bear-McGuinness, Science Writer and Editor for Analytical Cannabis and hear his interview with Merril Gilbert, co-founder of edibles consultancy TraceTrust. We hear how cannabis edibles affect our bodies and brains and how the growing demand for edibles will see the creation of cannabis drinks and restaurants. Please bring snacks for this podcast. 

Episode 26: Organoids: How to grow your own brain

Episode 26: Organoids: How to grow your own brain

April 30, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by John Mason, a Professor of Molecular Neural Development at the University of Edinburgh. They explore the miniature world of organoids and discuss how these small models are making big changes in the world of neurological research.

Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice

Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice

April 9, 2021

In this episode the TN team take a look at a study that has plucked DNA out of thin air, and another that points the way towards reversing stress-induced hair loss. There are several bad puns in this episode, please proceed with caution. 

Read more from this podcast:

First Evidence of Animal and Human DNA Collection From Air

Scientists Uncover Why Chronic Stress Can Lead to Hair Loss

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