Opinionated Science
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?

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: The Reproducibility Crisis

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: The Reproducibility Crisis

October 22, 2021

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. Carl Ascoli, Chief Scientific Officer at Rockland Immunochemicals.

Drawing upon decades of experience in drug development, join us to hear Dr Ascoli’s unique insights into some of the biggest challenges we face when looking at reproducibility and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this.

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Opinionated Science Episode 36: The Neuroscience of Creativity

Opinionated Science Episode 36: The Neuroscience of Creativity

October 8, 2021

In this episode of Opinionated Science, Senior Science Writer Ruairi J Mackenzie speaks with Dr. Rex Jung, an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery and director of neuropsychological services at the University of New Mexico, about the neuroscience of creativity. Together, they investigate the research that has attempted to understand where creativity emerges in the brain and why it exists in the first place.

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The Neuroscience of... Creativity

Opinionated Science: The Dish on Cell Culturing

Opinionated Science: The Dish on Cell Culturing

September 30, 2021

 In this episode, the team is joined by Jacob Sten Petersen, Corporate Vice President and Head of Stem Cell Research and Development for the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk.

Drawing upon decades of experience in drug development, join us to hear Professor Petersens unique insights into how cell culturing has played a role during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how cell cultures have impacted drug discovery across the globe.

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 35: Mighty Microbes Battle Cancer and Protect the Environment

Episode 35: Mighty Microbes Battle Cancer and Protect the Environment

September 24, 2021

In this episode, the Technology Networks team review a pair of studies showing off the power of microbes. In one, they act as a conduit in an unlikely potential health benefit for a high-salt diet. In the other, they are revealed to play an important role in the breakdown of plastic in the environment. 

Read more from this podcast: 

High Salt Diet Helps the Microbiome To Suppress Tumors, Mouse Study Reveals

Biodegradable Plastics Could Still Be Problematic in Soil

Opinionated Science: Discovering the Secrets of Single Cell Sequencing

Opinionated Science: Discovering the Secrets of Single Cell Sequencing

September 14, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by James Eberwine, the Co-Director of Penn Centre for Single Cell Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

 

We will be discussing how single-cell sequencing differs from alternative methods such as bulk sequencing, its applications, the challenges associated with single-cell sequences, and where the future of this research space is heading.

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 34: Genetics of Endometriosis, the Birthing Brain and Cancer Vaccines

Episode 34: Genetics of Endometriosis, the Birthing Brain and Cancer Vaccines

September 10, 2021

In this episode, the Technology Networks team review world-leading research into the mechanisms behind endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age, but often takes a decade to diagnose. There's also a peek into mom's brain during birth and a new cancer vaccine that uses similar technology that which created the Oxford-AstraZeneva COVID-19 vaccine. 

Read more from this podcast: 

A New Drug Target for Endometriosis Treatment?

Designing a Cancer Vaccine Using Oxford University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tech

The Neuroscience of... Birth

Episode 33: Fish on Meth and a Prize-Winning Prosthesis

Episode 33: Fish on Meth and a Prize-Winning Prosthesis

August 13, 2021

In this episode, the team looks at a study showing that the wild European perch has a fondness for methamphetamine and another body of research that has advanced how lower limb neuroprostheses are designed. Quite a pairing! 

Read more from this podcast:

Wild Fish Can Become Addicted to Methamphetamine in the Water

Best Foot Forward: Advanced Artificial Limb Research Wins Neuromodulation Prize

Opinionated Science: Cannabis Potency Testing

Opinionated Science: Cannabis Potency Testing

July 16, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by Ben Southwell, an Assistant Professor at Lake Superior State University.

We explore the world of cannabis potency testing, from start up laboratories to growers and extractors and take a look at how to select the right instruments for your needs.  

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.

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